Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Reportedly Disagreed On Child Rearing But Continue Trying With Kids [Opinion]

Even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie struggle with the challenges of parenting their six kids in the twenty-first century. It’s tough trying to be perfect parents even for a couple with hundreds of millions of dollars. Perhaps it is especially for them, as former icons of parenting.

The world watches as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s marriage falls apart. The rumors and gossip can’t be making any of this any easier.

If Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had to endure the wrath of child protective services investigations, as they did back in September of last year, what hope do average families have? It is discouraging, to say the least, since Brad and Angelina’s golden iconic example has fallen.

Brad Pitt confessed to GQ that he’d been drinking too much throughout the course of his adult life, and it finally caught up with him. He knows now he had a problem with drinking. Pitt has been sober since September, and he seems to be saying he has been introspective and guilt-ridden.

Brad Pitt never mentioned Angelina Jolie directly in his GQ interview and he certainly never blamed Jolie in any of his statements. Instead, Pitt laid the blame squarely on himself.

“For me, this period has been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street.”

Brad Pitt isn’t perfect, despite his iconic image as a great dad and Angelina Jolie’s reputation for being an exemplary mom. He spoke of not being able to live up to “the delusion of your own grandeur.” Pitt told GQ he just couldn’t connect the image to reality, but still had a lot invested in himself as an icon.

“I have so much attached to this facade.”

The Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt perfect parent facade fell mightily in September. Their fans were divided by the divorce.

Brad Pitt was reportedly drunk and yelling at his and Angelina Jolie’s eldest son Maddox on a flight from Europe to Los Angeles with Angelina Jolie and all six children. It was proven, though, there was absolutely no physical violence. Parents perhaps shouldn’t drink around their kids, but it happens. Is it so unforgivable?

Angelina Jolie may have had little choice in the initial separation, considering the involvement of child protective services. Accusations against Pitt could have led to Jolie’s loss of custody had she simply returned home with her husband and kids. For more about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s child services investigation see this from the Inquisitr.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their kids appeared to be the perfect family [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, just like most couples, are very diverse in their upbringing, values, and ideals. Each parent always has different ideas about raising the kids. It’s common, even for parents who are on the same page in most ways, to disagree occasionally on decisions involving the kids, according to Positive Parenting.

“When spouses disagree about parenting issues, what usually happens is that one parent tends to be more strict and the other parent tends to be more lenient. The strict parent gets angry when the lenient parent allows too much leeway. The lenient parent gets upset when the strict parent is too restrictive.”

Brad Pitt is reportedly more traditional, authoritarian, and down to earth on his goals for the kids than Angelina Jolie. Brad was reportedly the strict parent according to Yahoo, especially in matters of safety for the kids, but also in matters of overly extravagant spoiling of the kids. Brad wanted normal experiences for their kids and is quoted on Yahoo explaining how hard that can be.

“They have memories of being in Vietnam, or that time in Paris, or over in Calgary. The downside is friends, sleepovers, team sports – these have been the challenges that we’ve had to work out,”

Angelina Jolie wanted to raise the children as “citizens of the world,” according to Yahoo. Jolie’s goals were travel, political intrigue, and immersion in other cultures. This was in sharp contrast at times, with Brad Pitt’s more commonplace goals.

Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11 and 8-year-twins Vivienne and Knox were priorities for both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Angelina and Brad reportedly quarreled about how to raise the kids but doesn’t the fact they cared enough to fight about it say something about the love they each had for the kids.

Brad Pitt is an icon but says the standard is hard to keep up
Brad Pitt was a parenting icon with six kids [Image by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images]

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are not perfect parents, simply because parents are people and perfect people don’t exist. Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s children have many advantages, including financial benefits that few children have.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are no exceptions to the fact no one is perfect, and while few loving homes have such an unlimited budget, love is the important thing. Brad apparently loves his children, since he quit drinking virtually overnight just to be around them. That takes willpower and resolve.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have challenges ahead just as do all parents. It is difficult with society setting high standards in such a confusing time. Many families face economic hardships, busy schedules, and vast differences of opinion. Being a parent is tough.

Brad Pitt recently took Chris Cornell’s children out to a theme park to comfort them over the recent loss of their father, according to People. Brad and Maddox Pitt are receiving family counseling to improve their relationship.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are going through a painful divorce. Divorce is always heartbreaking when there are kids involved. It is sad that their marriage could be ending. Many fans still hope the couple will reconcile though this is reportedly unlikely.


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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are trying and have many advantages to offer their kids, but no one is a perfect parent.

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