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Angelina Jolie Got Pretty Honest About Parenting Teenagers

Elizabeth Spina 11 Sep 2019

In a recent interview with Hello!, Angelina Jolie opened up about what it's really like raising four teenagers and two preteens, and her answer may surprise you!

Anyone that was ever a teenager before knows that it's not a good time for anybody involved.


Your body is changing — your hormones are all over the place and so is your acne, you're moody, and most of all you're angry at your parents at all times for literally no reason.

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I'd like to give a small shout out to my mom for dealing with my attitude problem between the ages of 13-18. You're the real MVP.

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Anyways, you get where I'm going with this.

Being a teenager is a nightmare for the teen and anyone closely associated with the teen, especially their parents.

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So, you might be surprised to find out that Angelina Jolie, who is currently raising two preteens and four teens, is actually having an okay time.

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Actually, she's having a more than okay time.

She's enjoying it.

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Maddox is 18, Pax is 15, Zahara is 14, Shiloh is 13, and the twins, Knox and Vivienne are 11.

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That is a lot of changing hormones for one household.

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Angelina opened up in an interview with Hello, explaining how she can now relate to her children in a whole new way.

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"When your children are little you feel more 'mommy.'" she began.

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"When they are teenagers, you start to remember yourself as a teenager," she continued.

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"You see them going to punk clubs, and you wonder why you can't go. I'm in this fun moment where I’m rediscovering myself."

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Despite being older, Angelina is still preaching the same virtues to them that she hopes they can continue to apply to their lives.

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"kindness—to others and themselves," she said.

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"It's important to be humble — know the freedoms you have and what you've been blessed with".


"And make sure you help others," she went on.

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"And always remember your place — we’re all human and very flawed."

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"We're tiny pieces in a much bigger world," she added.

Okay. Angelina is wise AF. Who knew!

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There's no doubt her children are kind.

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"On Mother's Day my children make me breakfast and pick me flowers – they treat me like a lady," she said.

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In an interview with Entertainment Tonight last month, she shed some more light on how gentle her children are with each other.

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"You know that your kids love each other and you see the way they all – without any kind of prompting or pushing – give each other notes, hug each other, take care of each other, support each other".

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"Then you feel like they're going to be okay and they're always going to have each other."


Meanwhile, I would probably physically fight my brother for borrowing my phone charger without asking. But okay.

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"We need to prepare the next generation because there’s so much happening in the world — they’re up against it."

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"We're counting on our children so we must give them the right knowledge and support."

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"As they grow up, I find my children are strong individuals but still open-minded," she said.

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"I try to lead by example and be kind and gracious, as my mother was—and loving and tolerant. But when there's a fight that needs to be had, get in there."

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Angelina then explained that her goal is to share that advice with the rest of the world as well.

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"I'm working on a program for children with the BBC," she explained.

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