Will Smith, left, and his son Jaden pose for photographers during a promotional event for their film After Earth in Tokyo. Picture: AP

Will Smith doesn't punish his children.

The 44-year-old actor and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are eager to teach their two kids, Jaden, 14, and Willow, 12, the rights and wrongs of life by allowing them to make their own mistakes instead of using traditional discipline such as sending them to their room or taking away their luxuries for the day.

"We generally don't believe in punishment. From the time Jaden was five or six we would sit him down, and all he has to do is be able to explain why what he did was the right thing for his life," Will said.

Will - who also has 19-year-old son, Trey, from his previous marriage with Sheree Zampino - wants his children to take responsibility for their own lives.

He said the extra freedom the children had been allowed had encouraged his actor son Jaden to ask for a house of his own for his 15th birthday in July.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Will explained: "He says, 'Dad, I want to be emancipated'.

"I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place."

The Men in Black 3 star's father, Willard - who ran a refrigeration installation business in Philadelphia after leaving the US Air Force - was a very strict parent who believed his son should be seen and not heard so Will was keen for his own offspring to have a completely different upbringing.

"I was brought up with 'You don't even talk to your parents about what your opinion is, you are not allowed to have an opinion. When you pay some bills, you can have an opinion.'

"My parents let me talk now."

The West Australian

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