Angelina Jolie Gave a Rare Interview on Her Kids and How ‘Fun’ It Is to Parent Teens

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Angelina Jolie doesn’t do interviews often, and it’s even rarer she touches on her personal life in them. But the actress opened up to Hello! a little about her experience parenting teenagers now (her oldest son Maddox just started college in South Korea, and all her children but her youngest twins Vivienne and Knox, 11, are 13 and older now).

Jolie is enjoying the new perspective it gives her. “When your children are little you feel more ‘mommy,'” she said. “When they are teenagers, you start to remember yourself as a teenager. 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.”

Jolie told Hello! that the lesson she is trying to instill in her six children above all is kindness. She’s trying to teach them “kindness—to others and themselves,” she started. “It’s important to be humble—know the freedoms you have and what you’ve been blessed with and make sure you help others. And always remember your place—we’re all human and very flawed. We’re tiny pieces in a much bigger world. As they grow up, I find my children are strong individuals but still open-minded. 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. We need to prepare the next generation because there’s so much happening in the world— they’re up against it. I’m working on a program for children with the BBC. We’re counting on our children so we must give them the right knowledge and support.”

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