It looks like Angelina Jolie was the good cop parent after all. When Jolie and Brad Pitt ended their marriage, several reports claimed that she had lost control of the children because their father is the one who had real authority over them.
In a new interview, Jolie spoke about how she is raising her six children — Maddox, 17, Pax, 15, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins, Vivienne and Knox.
The humanitarian said she is fine with her clan misbehaving and getting in a little trouble because she does not want perfect children.
Jolie explained while on BBC Radio 4’s Today show: “[My kids] all have a good rebellious streak that is wonderful and curious. I don’t want them to have perfectly behaved little people that just say what’s absolutely appropriate because I say so…they have to find themselves.”
She continued: “I think, like most parents, we try our best to insert good stuff and we can’t control everything that they’re exposed to, so we try to ask that they will talk to us about anything they saw that bothers them or that they’re concerned about.”
Jolie also explained: “The truth is that my children have seen things about themselves, even from what’s considered serious news people, that are inaccurate. So my children have a very odd sense of who’s telling the truth and what the truth really is and what they actually believe or trust”
The star went on to say that her children are the ones teaching her about certain things in life.
She added: “Every parent says it, but we really do. They are all so much smarter than us. And I’ve had to learn from them.”
It has also been claimed that Pitt and his estranged wife butted heads while they were married because they disagreed on how to raise their children.
An insider told Hollywood Life that the filmmaker is happy that he moved on from Jolie and stated: “Brad feels that Angelina and her divorce tactics continue to be hypocritical, vindictive, vengeful and controlling. He feels more confident than ever that divorcing Angelina has been the right thing to do for him. While he was heartbroken over the loss of Angelina for a while, seeing the uglier side of Angelina during this divorce battle has given Brad some peace and affirmation. He knows in his heart that he is doing the right thing and what is best for his family. He is looking forward to more peaceful days ahead, when the divorce is finalized and life post-Angie.”
Is that the right way to raise children?