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RAIS­ING kids is never easy – even if you’re rich and fa­mous. In the lat­est edi­tion of Jay-Z’s Foot­notes from his al­bum, award-win­ning ac­tor WILL SMITH is one of many fa­thers who re­counts the mo­ment that made him relook at how he was rais­ing his kids. We can al­ways count on papa Will and wife JADA PINKETT SMITH for sound ad­vice. As the par­ents of three chil­dren who march to the beat of their own drums, both have of­ten shared how they ap­proach par­ent­ing while en­cour­ag­ing in­di­vid­u­al­ity. In 2012 WIL­LOW SMITH was 11 and en­joy­ing mas­sive suc­cess with her hit track Whip My Hair when she shaved her head. At the time, many ques­tioned why the Smiths would al­low her to make such a dras­tic change at her age.

Wil­low was in the mid­dle of the Whip My Hair tour, and had re­peat­edly told her fa­ther she wanted to go home, while he en­cour­aged her to con­tinue. Then one night, the ac­tor re­calls, “We came down­stairs and she’d shaved her head bald. She shaved her head bald in the mid­dle of her Whip My Hair tour.”

Then he re­alised, he says, that he hadn’t been pay­ing at­ten­tion “to what was go­ing on emo­tion­ally with this beau­ti­ful lit­tle crea­ture in front of me”.

At the time, Jada shared a Face­book post on why she and Will be­lieved let­ting Wil­low be in com­mand of her own body was so vi­tal. “I made a prom­ise to en­dow my lit­tle girl with the power to al­ways know that her body, spirit and her mind are her do­main.”

‘This is a world where women [and] girls are con­stantly re­minded that they don’t be­long to them­selves’ JADA PINKETT SMITH

When Wil­low shaved her hair in 2012 dad Will knew some­thing was up

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