According to Jada Pinkett Smith, she was able to identify anxiety from witnessing her daughter’s struggle with it.
During a recent episode of Red Table Talk, the performer, 50, was joined by her daughter, 21.
“It took me a long time to grasp Willow’s meaning. Just her nervousness, I mean. “I had a hard time relating to her because of two things: her lifestyle and how she was raised were quite different from mine, and I don’t know what it’s like to be a child in front of the camera,” she elaborated.
“And then just not knowing how to console her, not knowing what kind of aid she need, not understanding her behavior,” she continued.
“I gnaw my fingernails down to the cuticles,” she explained. They didn’t claim it was anxiousness, though. That was it; I was a nail-biter.”
“One thing I would say in dealing with and learning about her anxiety is that I’ve had to look at some of my own and my mother’s behaviors and say, well, of course, I probably have some anxiety in regards to how I grew up,” Jada added.
“It’s still tough for me to be present for her in the way that she needs,” she says.
Pinkett Smith recognized a “cycle of generational anxiety” after considering her family and their behaviors.
Following his highly controversial Oscars slap, Will Smith, 53, was spotted in India after a family discussion about inspecting and understanding their emotions. It is unclear when the episode was filmed, but “Red Table Talk” previously acknowledged the incident and said the matter will be addressed in the future.
“Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focused on deep healing,” according to the title card at the start of the episode released on Facebook Watch on April 20.
“Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls,” the message read. “Until then the table will continue offering itself to powerful, inspiring, and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest.”
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