Raising happy, confident kids isn’t always easy, is it? But add the pressures of the Hollywood spotlight into the mix & it must make it even harder.

So, I read with interest about how the very charismatic Will Smith has handled it.

What do you make of his philosophy ?

Will Smith isn’t just a regular dad…He’s a cool dad.

The 48-year-old father and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith are often the topic of conversation when it comes to the unorthodox ways they choose to raise their three children: Trey Smith, 24 (who Will shares with ex-wife Sheree Zampino), Jaden Smith, 18, and Willow Smith, 16.

Their kids have been making headlines more and more lately—be it about the way they dress or who they’re snapping photos with—which, in turn, has continued to stir up more talk regarding their parenting techniques.

But despite any criticism, confusion or backlash, Will has stuck to his own beliefs on fatherhood, and it’s clear he feels pretty good about how the three of them have turned out.

With that being said, here are some of the parenting philosophies he’s shared over the years:

He Doesn’t Punish Them: Instead, he makes them take responsibility for their own actions.

“We don’t do punishment. The way that we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives,” Will explained in an interview in 2013. “Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible and the concept of punishment, our experience has been—it has a little too much of a negative quality.”

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