Hot, wild, and talented, Jolie – one of the most loved and controversial celebs across the globe - is not a regular mom. From making her kids eat tarantulas to dragging them to conflict zones, Angelina has a unique approach to parenting. As the beautiful actress said, "I see myself as a mom first. I’m so lucky to have that role in life. The world can like me, hate me or fall apart around me and at least I wake up with my kids and I’m happy."
That said, sources claim that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie always had different parenting styles, which led to their bitter divorce and agreement over the custody of their six kids, Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax, Vivienne, and Knox.
So, here are 20 parenting styles parents would only see from Angelina Jolie.
20 Promoting Diversity At Home
Diversity comes in many forms, with cultural differences playing a crucial role in a child’s life. Angelina doesn’t hesitate to promote diversity at home and help her children embrace different languages, cultures, and backgrounds. She lets her kids, Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax, Vivienne, and Knox, explore their identities and rediscover their roots.
19 Angelina Is Helping Her Kids Appreciate Art
Psychologists agree that art is crucial for a child's development. According to artfulparent.com, art activities help kids develop vital motor skills and problem-solving abilities. It’s no surprise Angelina often takes her kids to art galleries, exhibitions, and film premieres. They even visited the Louvre in Paris in 2018. How cool is that!
18 Jolie Is Encouraging Her Kids To Show Kindness To Animals
It’s not a secret that kids love animals. Moreover, pet-keeping has numerous emotional and health benefits; studies show that children with pets display better social skills and responsibility. According to starchanges.com, Angelina Jolie and her kids are great dog lovers, who also love gerbils, goldfish, and even reptiles. Will their family keep growing?
17 Angelina Is A Feminist Mom
In a world where human rights often get violated, teaching kids about gender equality is essential. Jolie is fighting for women’s rights across the globe and trying to transmit her values to her children. She told vogue.co.au, "The only way I know is to live by my values and to always be honest."
16 Her Children Were Born In Unusual Places
Deciding where to give birth is something many moms and dads worry about. While the majority of moms choose to give birth close to home, giving birth abroad is also common in today’s global society. As we know, Shiloh was born in Namibia, while twins Vivienne and Knox were born in France.
15 Trying Weird Food Delicacies
Healthy meals can boost a child’s social, physical, and cognitive development. In fact, according to businessinsider.com, Angelina Jolie enjoys cooking some unusual delicacies for her kids. Crickets, spiders, and scorpions! The talented actress suggests, "Crickets, you start with crickets. Crickets and a (drink) and then you kind of move up to tarantulas."
14 Traveling With Kids Can Be Fun
Traveling can help people understand the colorful world we are living in. Although traveling with kids can be challenging, there’s no doubt that kids benefit from exploring new places. Jolie and her children travel the world and the seven seas on a regular basis; as the loving mom of six said in an interview, "I love to travel in the holidays because I feel like I'd rather give the kids the gift of a new country than a box of presents."
13 Jolie Helps Her Kids Become Little Humanitarians
Jolie is not only a beautiful actress but a passionate humanitarian. She is encouraging her kids to pop the bubble of their privilege and start helping people in need. According to people.com, Jolie wants her kids, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Vivienne, Knox, and Shiloh, to find themselves and become loving and respectful adults.
12 Each Child Should Spend Time Alone With Mommy
It’s not a secret that the mother-child bond is special. Jolie is trying to deepen secure attachment and bonding and spend some quality time with her kids. From shopping to drawing, Angelina believes each child should spend time alone with mommy. Interestingly enough, according to elle.com, Jolie took Shiloh to an escape room for her 13th birthday.
11 Pretending To Be Normal
Angelina is one of the most famous moms across the globe. She is talented, caring, and wild. Yet, she is trying to be normal. She told vanityfair.com, "I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house. That’s my passion. At the request of my kids, I’m taking cooking classes. As I go to sleep at night, I think, 'Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?'"
10 Supporting Gender-Neutral Parenting
Given the fact that social norms and labels restrict a child’s development and imagination, gender-neutral parenting has become a hot topic across the globe. Jolie doesn’t hesitate to let her kids explore their identities and find themselves. In fact, Shiloh was only three years old when her parents allowed her to explore her identity.
9 Angelina Jolie Is Trying To Smile In Front Of Her Kids
Being a mom is hard; being a celeb mom is harder. Jolie finds it difficult to escape from the spotlight and focus on her kids. That’s why she often tries to put on a brave face and smile in front of her kids. In an interview with WSJ, the actress said, "I want to make sure my kids are never worried about me… I never, ever want them to have that secret worry and feel that they have to take care of me."
8 Jolie Wants To Be The Main Parent
Angelina doesn’t hide the fact that motherhood can be challenging. Yet, she wants to be the main parent and provide the best for her six kids. We should note that despite their bitter divorce, Brad and Jolie decided to put all differences aside and finalize their divorce on good terms.
7 Angelina Lets Her Kids Make A Mess
Psychologists claim that making a mess is beneficial; messy play boosts a child’s coordination and organization skills. It’s no surprise Jolie lets her kids make a mess and live in a chaotic house. In fact, according to intouchweekly.com, Jolie lets her kids be up past midnight and eat sugary snacks.
6 Angelina Believes Family Should Be Your Friends
Parenthood comes with lots of joys and responsibilities, so finding the balance between the strict parent and the understanding friend is hard. Jolie, however, believes that family should be your friends. The talented actress admits her kids are her best friends, so sleepovers and play-dates are rare in her house.
5 Encouraging Her Kids To Follow In Her Footsteps
While Angelina encourages her kids to find themselves, she is also trying to help them become respectful individuals. According to abcnews.go.com, Jolie said, "With my family, I'm trying to raise them to have respect for all people and make friends around the world and feel at home with the world and really live a truly global [life] because I think it's what forms them and it's really important to me."
4 Her Kids Feel Natural In The Spotlight
Angelina’s kids often steal the spotlight from their beautiful mother. Little Shiloh, for instance, feels quite comfortable talking to strangers and doesn't even try to evade paparazzi. Interestingly, rumor has it that Jolie and Brad sold off the first pictures of baby Shiloh for more than $3 million, which they donated to charity.
3 Angelina Has A Different Approach To Education
Homeschooling in increasing in popularity across the US and in fact, many celeb kids are home-schooled. Angelina’s kids are no exception! Yet, Jolie has a different approach to parenting and encourages her children to choose subjects and languages they truly love. According to eonline.com, she lets them play, enjoy some music, and read.
2 Nicknames Are Required
Words are powerful and names draw destinies. While Angie’s kids have beautiful and unusual names, they also have cute nicknames. According to hellomagazine.com, Jolie calls Maddox Mad, Zahara Z, and Shiloh Shi. Interestingly, the famous actress doesn’t make other kids call her Ms. Jolie – she is simply Angie. And we all love her!
1 She Used Garlic Tea To Get Her Pre-Baby Body Back
From weird delicacies to humanitarian work, Jolie has an unusual approach to parenting. Interestingly enough, her weird choices helped her get her pre-baby body back. According to glamour.com, Jolie used garlic tea after the birth of daughter Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox. Even though garlic can cause bad breath, Jolie is one of the most beautiful celeb moms across the globe.
Sources: ABC News, Artful Parent, Business Insider E! News, Elle Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Hello Magazine, In Touch Weekly, People, Star Changes, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Vogue