Willow Smith opens up more about her life experiences. Sitting down for a recent program of Red Table Conversation along with her mother Jada Pinkett Smith and her grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Smith talked about her previous relationship with her parents. At one point, she thought of times when she felt as if she was embarrassed by her mother, including at times when she was struggling emotionally.
Willow Smith said he was embarrassed as a child
The publications came in program September 28th Red Table Conversation. Smith and her family spoke to Brene Brown, a best-selling author who says on its website that she explores “courage, vulnerability, shame, and compassion,” when the conversation turns to shame.
Around the 14:00 mark, they started talking about the use of shame as a parenting tool. “For children, shame is a danger of being inaccessible,” Brown said. “I think of the times when I was embarrassed by one of my children. And it’s the most devastating thing I can think of. ”
Crouching in, Pinkett Smith said, “It’s something we’ve been taught. Like, the way you expressed that in parenting, I’m like, ‘Oh my god. ‘I’m like,’ I haven’t even seen him like that. ‘ But I tried very hard, especially in building Willow, in trying not to put shame around his social development. You know, trying to raise a young woman and what a young woman is going through, but not recognizing how destructive that is. Using shame as a parenting tool. ”
“Aww, it’s okay. I forgive you, ”replied Smith, reaching across the table to grab his hand. “I remember, but I forgive you. ”
Willow Smith remembered being embarrassed when she became emotional
When asked to share an example, Smith said there were times when her mother would let her down when she became emotional.
“When I was younger, I was just very emotional and like I’m very emotional now,” she continued. “But you would look at me and then you would just be like, ‘Yeah, you can cry, but do it over there. Like going into your room and over there. ‘Like you push me away to cry like I’m a bad man for crying. ”
Pinkett Smith admitted that she was dealing with her own problems but became increasingly aware that her behavior was not OK.
“I recognize those times and he had a lot to say about it when I couldn’t handle my own sensitivity at that time. Just growing up in those environments where we grew up, you know, and it’s a different playground now, ”she said.
Fortunately, they have built a relationship and a platform where they can be open with each other. Fans will see more of those two now Red Table Conversation on Facebook Watch.
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