Jada Pinkett-Smith believes that mothers must take on the role of protector and guide when it comes to their daughters. The actress recently wrote a letter on Facebook that encouraged all moms to keep their daughters close.
“We must keep our daughters close,” wrote Pinkett-Smith. “It’s no secret of the amount of disrespect and abuse women and young girls are exposed to daily through music, TV, movies and social media. The scariest part is the normality of young women being drugged by roofies at clubs and parties, left with no recollection of what transpired. These facts have made it even more clear of the necessity of keeping our daughters close to us. But not just physically, more so, experientially.”
The actress further stated, “I believe we must find ways to share information from our most impactful, even at times the most shameful, events in our lives. We can no longer waste time pressing for the unreasonable expectation of our young entertainers to be the role models for our girls, especially when they are in the natural process of figuring out this thing called life for themselves. But we can utilize the inevitable foibles we witness through them as a way to engage in thoughtful discussion about subject matters that are relevant to our children’s immediate experiences. These moments, could perhaps, include our own personal stories of triumph and mistakes that are relevant to the discussion.”
Jada went on to explain that “the best role model is never perfect because it is through her imperfections she finds her power.” The actress concluded by encouraging moms to share their stories saying, “Let’s share our stories in the spirit of guiding our daughters into healthy womanhood.”
Jada Pinkett-Smith has two kids, Willow and Jaden, with husband Will Smith.