London: Jada Pinkett Smith believes trusting children is a better form of parenting than punishing them when they do wrong.
The 42-year-old actress said she does not punish Jaden, 17, and Willow, 13, when they misbehave because she wants them to learn from their own mistakes, reports suggest.
"People have always got on us about not punishing the kids, and let me just talk to you about that for a minute. We raised three kids before Willow and Jaden, and especially on my goddaughter, I put so many boundaries on her, 'No, you can't do that, you can't do this.' And everything I tried to control, every freaking thing I was trying to avoid, happened.
"I learned a lot from that experience and realised that while Willow and Jaden are still with me and have a safety net, I want to give them the opportunity to make mistakes and learn how to put boundaries on themselves. So by the time they're out of the house, they fly," she said.