Dealing with the challenges of young children can be overwhelming enough, but if you’re constantly under the watch of the awaiting paparazzi and the scrutiny of the public eye you may have to ratchet up your response to reign in the actions of your children. A recent walk through the airport turned the eye on Angelina Jolie’s parenting of her growing brood when she stopped to scold her son Maddox, 9, for hitting his younger brother Pax, 6.
Now come rumblings that the incident was just the tip of the iceburg on the activities of the children which have reportedly gotten so bad that Brad and Angelina have called in some extra support.
An insider tells In Touch magazine that the couple’s six kids – Maddox, 9, Pax, 6, Zahara, 5, Shiloh, 4, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 2 – are running so wild that they have called in some professional help to get things under control. “Their family life is like a circus. Things are wild in the house,” the source says.
Who could blame the kids for testing their parents limits after years of living a nomadic lifestyle around the world. Although the parents take turns working, they’ve spent most of the past several years shooting and promoting movies all over the place with very little time spent at ‘home’.
According to the article the boys – Maddox and Pax - are “obsessed with wrestling and banging each other up” and have secret hideouts where they sometimes disappear for hours. The girls – Shiloh and Zahara – apparently are a bit more brutal and “are constantly warring: there’s lots of scratching and hair-pulling.”
Hold the boat… wrestling…. secret hideouts…. do my boys need a therapist? It sounds a little like good old-fashioned sibling dynamics at play. The best of friends one minute, mortal enemies the next.
At least Brad and Angelina may think the activities need some professional intervention. The mag’s source says, “They needed to do something drastic before the situation got more out of hand, so they hired a therapist to deal with the kids fighting.”
Do you think the kids are really crossing the line or are they just testing their limits?
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