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Though work keeps him busy, it's his personal life that keeps him centered. "I turned 40 this year," he says. "I've never been happier in my life. I feel like my relationship with my wife has purpose. ... We're in love and that's fantastic, but beyond that, we have purpose."

In this month's Cookie magazine, Jada opens up about the couple's golden rules of parenting. "One of the central ideas that we agreed on is that our kids are not our property," Will says. "They're people, little people, who deserve the same amount of respect." 

This philosophy comes in particularly handy when it's time for the kids to clean their rooms. "We say, 'Okay, here's the deal. That's not your room; that's our room that we're letting you borrow," he says. "It makes a big difference when you tell somebody to 'go clean my room I'm lending you' versus 'clean your room.'"

Will says he and Jada try to enforce the idea that everyone in the family needs to contribute to the group. "We started [asking them] from day one: 'What do you do to make this family better?'"
FROM: Will Smith and Tina Fey
Published on November 06, 2008


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