Six children vie for the attention of Angelina Jolie on a regular basis, and it isn't kids belonging to fans of hers; it's her own children. But the super celebrity actress isn't complaining about how Zahara Marley, Shiloh Nouvel, Vivienne Marcheline, Maddox Chiven, Pax Thien or Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt need her to be an everyday mom to them. Instead, she is using the opportunity of her own motherhood to talk about how hard it is for mothers in the real world, outside of show business, and what she hopes her children will focus on later in life.
According to the New York Daily News on May 21, Brad Pitt's future wife said that she and the rest of Hollywood mothers have absolutely no right to complain about child rearing and the responsibilities it involves, as they all have the resources to handle anything that comes up much better than the average working woman.
I'm not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day. I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and health care and food," Angelina Jolie said.
Ditto for her other famous and wealthy celebrity peers, with Jolie adding that "I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn't complain. Consider all the people who really struggle and don't have the financial means, don't have the support, and many people are single raising children. That's hard."
The average woman would agree with her wholeheartedly, as most wealthy women have access to round-the-clock childcare if they want, a maid to clean the home, and a chef to prepare healthy meals. So where's the struggle? But the "Maleficent" actress isn't most wealthy women, proving it by taking her brood of six along with her when she travels for work, and even molding her work schedule around their homeschooling time.
Another wealthy mother would agree with her, weighing in recently in her latest book about the need for women to make time for the important things in their life, like family and children, even if they are rich. Arianna Huffington says that if you want to "thrive" in life you have to "drop our relentless pursuit of success as society defines it for something more genuine, more meaningful, and more fulfilling."
And Jolie agrees, as she told reporters on Tuesday that while she and Brad never wanted their children to become actors (daughter Vivienne will have a small role in "Maleficent"), "if they decide to be actors. I would just ask that that's not the center of their life--that that (can be) an aspect, but that they also do many other things with their lives and are involved in many other things with their lives, because I don't think it is a healthy focus as a center of your life."
Few everyday moms would disagree with that last statement, and probably a lot of mothers of celebrities would too, especially those who have seen their offspring take destructive addiction paths that resulted in their deaths after becoming big name actors and singers.
The media mogul Huffington thinks the healthy focus and the true center of your life needs to be about balance first and foremost, and about creating a life that isn't governed by what others think you should be--or have materially. According to her new book "Thrive" she also thinks that "we are not on this earth to accumulate victories, or trophies, or experiences...," which sometimes seems to define the Hollywood celebrities lives.
The Huffington Post founder thinks more people need to be like her own mother was: time affluent. And if they were, they might look like Angelina Jolie, because Arianna Huffington's mom was also about "living in the present" and being able to take time with family and friends, never being rushed by others or society's goals. And isn't that what we all really want, to have time for the things that are important in life? It appears that Angelina Jolie realizes she is time affluent because of her wealth. And that she is making the most of it by putting her priorities in their proper place: focusing on her children first, before career.