Angelina Jolie opened up to British newspaper The Sun about her own mother and how her parenting has helped her to be the mom she is today.
She gives credit to her mother who taught her to “be friends” with her children.
“My mum always made it clear that I was her friend – and that is a lesson on how to bring up my own children,” said. “When we talked, I felt she wanted to hear what I had to say. She enjoyed me and I feel I’m enjoying my kids.:
Jolie and Brad Pitt have six children together – Maddox, 10, Pax, 7, Zahara, 6, Shiloh, 5, Knox and Vivienne, 3. Jolie and her older brother James were raised by their mother Marcheline after she and their father Jon Voight divorced when Jolie was five years old.
Marcheline passed away in 2007 at the age of 56. “My mum was far too young to die [from cancer] but she did meet most of my kids, so I am grateful for that,” Jolie said.
Jolie says her mother taught her family values that she carries on with her own children.
“We play together, we dance. Even though [my kids] all from different backgrounds, they feel like they’re part of the same family. My mum was my heroine. She was a generous, warm individual, who led a very private life but walked through it with kindness and grace.”
Jolie makes sure that her children understand how fortunate they are.
“I want my kids to appreciate how fortunate they are in life, compared with so many people who have nothing,” she explained.
“If anybody ever tells me that I am a mother to them like my mum was to me, it will be a great compliment.”