Angelina Jolie on Motherhood, says she lacks the skills but “I’m managing”

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Angelina Jolie opened up about her journey on being a mother and it might be different from what she originally thought but despite this, the actress wouldn’t change it for the world. 

She recently opened up about her family life and shared what a “typical day” for her and children is like to British Vogue. Jolie is a mother to six children:  Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12.

“I was never very good at sitting still. Even though I wanted to have many children and be a mom, I always imagined it kind of like Jane Goodall, traveling in the middle of the jungle somewhere,” says Jolie. “I didn’t imagine it in that true, traditional sense. I feel like I’m lacking in all the skills to be a traditional stay-at-home mom.”

“I’m managing through it because the children are quite resilient, and they’re helping me, but I’m not good at it at all,” she adds. “… I love them. I feel like we’re such a team. It may sound clichéd, but you love and you try, and even if you burn the eggs, that doesn’t matter in the end.”

Jolie says she “loved having babies, but I love sitting up at night and talking to my kids.” She celebrates all the stages of parenthood, noting she likes “the teenage years. I like the older years. I love hanging out with them.”

The actress also stated that she is looking forward to her 50s and even shared a giggle-worthy moment with her and her kids’ perspective on her age. 

“I feel that I’m gonna hit my stride in my 50s. Though we were on the trampoline the other day, and the children said, ‘No, Mom, don’t do that. You’ll hurt yourself.’ And I thought, ‘God, isn’t that funny?’ ” she says. “There was a day I was an action star, and now the kids are telling me to get off the trampoline because I’ll hurt myself.”

“Even at their young age they know that what matters is to feel safe and loved and stable,” adds Jolie. “To not see those you love harmed. To know your own mind and truth and not to live a lie.”