Posted Thu, September 2, 2010 8:30am EDT

Hitting, Scratching And Pulling Each Other's Hair! Are Brad And Angelina's Kids Out Of Control?

Posted Thu, September 2, 2010 8:30am EDT

An insider says the super couple’s six kids are running wild, and that Brad and Angelina have hired a therapist to help tame them!

Anyone who has kids knows that the more you have, the harder they are to handle, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are learning that lesson the hard way. An insider tells In Touch magazine that the couple’s six kids are acting out — big time. “Their family life is like a circus,” the source says. And the busy pair, who have been preoccupied with shooting and promoting their new movies, have realized they need professional help — they’ve hired a therapist!

“Things are wild in the house,” the insider tells In Touch, who adds that because of the family’s nomadic lifestyle and the fact that Brad and Angelina don’t have enough time to spend with their kids, the brood has gotten out of control.

Maddox, 9, and Pax, 6, are “obsessed with wrestling and banging each other up” and have secret hideouts and sometimes disappear for hours, while sisters Shiloh, 4, and Zahara, 5, “are constantly warring: there’s lots of scratching and hair-pulling.”

But is this to be expected when you have a bunch of children under the age of 10? No, says Jeff Gardere, a psychologist and father of four. “It’s not normal behavior,” he tells HollywoodLife.com. “When you have a lot of kids, it’s hard to stay on top of what they’re doing and keep them from misbehaving. Brad and Angelina lead very busy lives and they’re not there enough to parent their children — they need to discipline them together, but it seems as if the kids are somewhat spoiled and are taking advantage of the situation and acting out.”

Rebecca Roy, a licensed psychotherapist, agrees and says that the Jolie-Pitt kids’ bad behavior may also be caused in part by them seeing the way Brad and Angelina interact with each other. “These kinds of problems usually start at the top,” she says. “The children could be reacting to tension between the parents.”

“It’s a complicated family dynamic,” Roy continues. “Some of them are biological children, some are adopted, so they’re juggling for position. There’s lots of sibling rivalry.”

“The kids are very eccentric,” adds the pal, who notes that the boys are “always bickering over everything from toys to clothes,” and says that while Zahara continues to suck her thumb and cling to a blankie, Shiloh has become very clingy with her mom and cries when she’s not with her.

The family friend says that because Brad and Angelina love their childen, they knew they had to take action to resolve the problems. “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.”

The pair has brought in help and have apparently been making some progress, as they attempt to spend 10 minutes of quality time each day with each of the children, even 2-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. While 10 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot, Gardere says it’s about the quality rather than the quantity of time they spend with their kids one-on-one.

“They also need to try to spend more time together as a family, discussing rules and discipline and what the consequences are for good and bad behavior,” he says.

The side effect of all this turmoil, according to the source, is that Angelina has finally agreed to Brad’s way of thinking and has given up the idea of adopting any more children any time soon. “She has realized they’re overwhelmed,” says the family insider, “and can’t handle another kid right now.”

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roxy

Posted at 3:31 PM on November 4, 2010  

so easy to just stand there and judge people..so easy to just believe anything negative about anyone but yourself..So the kids would have been better off starving in Africa and Vietnam? A story is not credible unless:
a)it has THREE DIFFERENT sources(an “insider” is not a reliable source)
b)has an AUTHOR at the end
I see none of the two conditions which any respected publications should meet,therefore I am reluctant to believe the story.When I will see three sources and an author, than I will believe

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roxy

Posted at 3:33 PM on November 4, 2010  

respectable pulblication

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kim

Posted at 3:56 PM on September 4, 2010  

Well I guess Gwen Stefani most be a horrible parent since I’ ve see countless pics of Kingston having tantrums. Angie works less than 4 months a year she took her kids with her when she did press in Europe Every article IT has written about her has been negative for the last year I guess one of the editors over there wants Brad or their husband dumped them. In all the pics I’ve seen Of the JP kids I’ve seen them misbehaving twice.Out of control kids don’t walk through an airport holding hands surrounded by screaming adults and cameras. This site seems to post mostly negative BS about them While Angie and Brad continue to prosper, they made the VF Establishment List again, SAlt 2 is a go , The Tourist comes out in Dec and pics of Angie and twins visiting Brad on set on the net. Life is Great for the JPS. Poor haters

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donnamae

Posted at 8:48 AM on September 3, 2010  

Angelina does not spend enough time with the children? At one point Angie was not seen for almost a year or more and another time just recently Brad was also gone for quite a long time thought is acting days was over, and this article is stating that they don’t spend enough time with the children? Not true.

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Goya

Posted at 11:44 PM on September 2, 2010  

IN TOUCH has no inside source with the Jolie-Pitt family. When was the last time they were right about any of their smears of Angie and Brad? Only a bottom feeder like Bonnie Fuller would re=hash something they published. And BTW no credible or ethical psychologist comments on people they haven’t met, let alone not interviewed and observed. And when they do interview and observe those poepl it is illegal to comment at all without their patient’s written consent.

All children fight with their siblings. Maddox didn’t slap Pax and his Mother immediately admonished him.

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pkz

Posted at 10:58 PM on September 2, 2010  

This is a ridiculous article you quote In Touch mag as if its the NY Times and we all know their articles are B.S. this is just another way to attack this family. Those kids are always calm and well behaved in the chaos of the paps so there is nothing in that piece of trash that convince me they aren’t good kids.

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Goya

Posted at 11:45 PM on September 2, 2010  

ITAWY!!!!!!!!

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moralitypolice

Posted at 9:44 PM on September 2, 2010  

Wow. 10 minutes with each kid per day. These “parents” deserve an award.

No wonder their kids are acting out so much. They are starved for attention. Kids don’t want nanny #1 or #2 or #3 (etc.)…they want mom and dad.

But I guess Angie has to keep making and promoting movies. She can always try to spend more time with the kids when they are teenagers and they resent the heck out of her.

Pathetic.

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Goya

Posted at 11:46 PM on September 2, 2010  

Angie has made 3 films in the last 3 years. She didn’t work the entirety of 2008. That averages out to about 15 weeks of work a year. the rest of the time she has been with her kids and her man.

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moralitypolice

Posted at 12:43 PM on September 3, 2010  

The only reason Angie didn’t work much in 2008 was because she was pregnant with twins. She couldn’t work! Believe what you want. I think those kids spend way more time with their team of nannies than they do with Brad. And they spend even less time with Angie. It’s nice that she likes to keep birthing babies and adopting kids – but she is not much of a parent, in my opinion. And in ten years, you’ll hear all about it from her dysfunctional brood of children.

 
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louise77

Posted at 9:09 PM on September 2, 2010  

I know this site thinks Angelina is evil and a bad mother (they have said this many times), I have never seen photos of the kids running wild. This photo used as proof of fighting is out of context. They were playing around. Pax was saying something repeatedly and Maddox put his hand over his mouth. Everybody was laughing including Pax. There is video of this. If the girls were scratching each other all of the time where are the marks? A lot of kids from age 5-7 still suck their thumb and have a favorite blanket or toy. I don’t why it’s prevented as uncommon. I don’t get why people constantly attack Angelina and the kids eventhough they are exhibiting normal behavior. Not spending anytime with the kids? Angelina has done only one film in 2009 and 2010. Promoting Salt was about 10 days total and Angelina brought the kids. She’s done 4 or 5 UN trips since 2008 and isn’t gone for more than 3 or 4 days. Brad is filming his first movie since 2008. When he goes to NO usually the whole family goes. If he’s alone it’s usualy just 2 or 3 days.

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Tammy

Posted at 8:51 PM on September 2, 2010  

Maddox has always seem like a little jerk in training. Angelina needs to stop hoarding kids until she can get the first lot under control.

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Margaret

Posted at 12:27 PM on September 3, 2010  

Recently Angelina spoke out about aid to the flood victims in Pakistan. I wonder how long before she adopts a Pakastani child?

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Sugar

Posted at 4:17 PM on September 2, 2010  

We don’t know what really goes on with this family, however, I feel bad for these kids that they don’t get to go to a regular school everyday and have friends outside of the family because they are always travelling and relocating for months. Even as an adult I would find the constant traveling to get old.

Maybe the parents need to sacrifice a bit of their professional travels so the kids can experience at least one year of uninterrupted attendance at a regular school.

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vicky

Posted at 1:41 PM on September 2, 2010  

hollywood life = stupid reporter, liar and looser

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jab

Posted at 12:02 PM on September 2, 2010  

ugh – stupid article

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