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Saturday 28 May 2016

Angelina Jolie: 'I’m raising confident children'

Published 31/01/2016

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie says it’s difficult for young people to retain their “innocence” nowadays.

Angelina Jolie wants her children to feel safe and secure now, so they can deal with anything life throws at them when they’re older.

The Hollywood actress raises six children with her husband Brad Pitt – Maddox, 14, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, nine, and seven-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox – and does everything she can to show her children how much she loves them. She believes that making children feel protected helps them in later life.

“It’s much harder for kids to retain their innocence,” she said in an interview with Britain’s OK! magazine. “As a parent, you want to create a safe, happy environment where your children feel loved and secure, it builds their self-confidence and that’s going to help them deal with the problems they’ll face later in life.”

Angelina and her husband Brad do their best to maintain a normal routine for their kids despite their hectic schedules. They often travel around the world with work, but spend as much time as possible as a family. Angelina would never push her children to follow in her acting footsteps and encourages each one to talk freely and confide in her.

“I’m very honest with them and I often talk to them about serious issues, so they’re not scared by things they don’t understand,” she added. “I want them to be able to explore their own imaginations. Brad and I want them to grow up ready to deal with the real world and know that we’ll always be there to support them.”

Angelina went on to recall the conflicting feelings she experienced in the year after her twins were born and she had acting commitments to fulfil. She says having Brad around to support her and help out made a huge difference to their family at the time.

“The first year was the toughest because I wasn’t able to spend as much time with our children as I had before,” she noted. “But Brad was great about looking after them and making sure mummy would get enough sleep and that everything was OK in the house. It was beautiful to watch him being so caring and generous, even though I could see how exhausted he was at times.”

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