“I am curious about all the different aspects of who they are. And I want to be there to support and develop all the different aspects of who they are,” Jolie told People of children Maddox, Pax Thien, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox. “It’s being excited to figure out: who is this person you live with? To separate yourself from your desires for that person.”
Jolie revealed this means embracing all aspects of their personalities.
“I’m that mom that if I see your rebellious spirit, it warms me. And I think, ‘Good for you, you got fire,’” Jolie said.
Jolie shares custody of all six children with estranged husband Brad Pitt. Jolie and Pitt have been going through divorce proceedings since November 2016. Earlier this year, Pitt was awarded 50/50 joint and legal custody of their five minor children.
“I’m not a perfect parent by any means. Every day I feel like I’m more aware of everything I don’t do right,” Jolie said. “And I’m pretty tough on myself, because I feel often, ‘Am I doing the right thing? Did I say the right thing?’”
Despite the challenges in her role as a mom, Jolie, who recently walked the red carpet with five of her six children, shared that raising her kids is something that excites her.
“I have six very individual human beings in my home," she told People. "I am so excited about all the different feelings and curiosities that they go through. Why wouldn’t you be? We’re supposed to help them figure out who they are. And you can’t figure out who they are if you don’t enthusiastically develop with them.”