"You Are To Learn How To Offer And Offer Yourself And Be In Service To The World"

Jaden and Willow Smith know about privilege and the opportunities afforded to them, which are far and few in between for others in their age group. Jada Pinkett-Smith and her husband, Will Smith, were sure to teach their kids about privilege from an early age.

“There’s two things with my kids that I think really worked well,” Jada told attendees at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday (January 27). “As much as people got on me in regards to having them work early, I did not want them to grow up thinking that because they were in the midst of affluence that they did not have to grind or work hard on their own,” the celebrity mom said.


“They got to see that there’s life beyond all the twinkles and lights,” Jada Pinkett-Smith continued. “That was really important to me, that they understood that listen you guys are really privileged and you are to learn how to offer and offer yourself and be in service to the world. I think Will and I always led with that.”

Jada went on to tell attendees at the Sundance Film Festival that her kids learned that their hard work, not that of their parents, would lead to success. “They got to see very early, life is not a game and all of this here it’s not yours,” Jada revealed. “Me and daddy worked for all of this,” she continued. “I’d tell them, ‘Your room? That’s temporary! That ain’t your room, that’s a room you’re using in our house.'”

What’s next business-wise for the Smith family? We’ll have to keep watching to find out!



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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