The actor told Haute Living magazine that "specifically in African American households, the idea coming out of slavery, there's a concept of your children being property and that was a major part that Jada and I released with our kids."
So how does he handle getting his kids to do their chores?
He said, "Things like cleaning up their room. You would never tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don't tell our kids to clean their rooms. Actually, we tell our kids 'You don't have a room, that's our room and we are letting you borrow it.'"
With that kind of parenting, it's easy to see why the rumors of son Jaden wanting to be emancipated were false.
"He is definitely not going anywhere, he is so scared of being out on his own," he told the mag. "Willow is probably going to be emancipated before Jaden!"
Respect goes a long way in the Smith household!