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Angelina Jolie Talks Becoming A Single Mom, Parenting 6 Kids

In a recent interview, the Golden Globe Award winner admitted that mother’s day makes her so emotional and she’s always sure to cry multiple times before the end of the day. She did give credit to her six incredible children for making the day extra special for her.

Jolie Recalls Her Mother’s Day Experiences

In a recent interview with Extra to promote her upcoming movie Those Who Wish Me Dead, Jolie urged people not to forget how much mother’s day means to mothers.

The 45-year-old actress is a mother to six children: Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12. She certifies that her kids consistently amaze her every year on the annual holiday.

“My kids have always been amazing at Mother’s Day. The fun for me is that I don’t plan anything, I don’t do anything, and they all tend to work together to surprise me with something,” she explains. “It is just the knowledge that they are doing something together and thinking of something together, and that they want to and that they think it is important always makes me cry.”

“They always joke about how quickly it makes me cry,” says Jolie, adding that it makes them laugh to see her cry so many times in the day, “or how quickly I cry. … ‘Oh, there she goes!’”

Angelina Jolie’s Parenting Tricks

The Maleficent star and mom of six have always been outspoken about her parenting skills and have even offered advice to other parents. Jolie once shared that she was originally afraid to be a parent because of her unstable youth and the fear that she couldn’t really be anyone’s mom and make it work.

But she did become the mom of six kids from different nationalities and she knows the importance of making it work.

A piece that Angelina Jolie penned last year for TIME encouraged parents to let go and not always try and control everything, saying that it’s okay for kids to help out any way they can.

“It is a lovely thing to discover that your children don’t want you perfect. They just want you honest. And doing your best. In fact, the more room they have to be great where you are weak, the stronger they may become. They love you. They want to help you. So in the end, it’s the team you build. And in a way, they are raising you up too. You grow together,” she wrote in the article.

In the March issue of British Vogue, Jolie explained that it is a “big deal” to her that her children accepted her.

“I mean, that’s the thing for a lot of mothers, and for a lot of parents regardless. But I think even more so if you have adopted children. They have to choose you too. It’s not the parents’ family and they’re in it. It’s our family.”

She also offered advice to parents: “I know this may sound strange, but don’t make it a duty for them to do good or have to give back,” she said. “If we can help children feel that it’s not about duty or service or charity, but the joy of an interconnected life with people you respect, then it feels very different.”

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