Angelina Jolie thoughts on work/life-with-children 

May 27, 2014
Angelina Jolie thoughts on work/life-with-children

During the juggernaut promotional activity for her pending Disney film, Maleficent, Angelina Jolie has been quoted about her thoughts on work/life-with-children balance.

Angelina and her fianc  Brad Pitt six children

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Angelina and her fiancé Brad Pitt have six children who travel everywhere with their mega frequent flying parents and get home-schooled along the way. Jolie acknowledged in the interview that she was in a pretty incredibly fortunate position, and could afford to decline work to balance out periods when she’s flat out. Moreover, she appears to be a stickler for making sure she’s home in time for dinner with the kids, and that editing jobs only take place once they’ve started school for the day.

Her comments come at a time when many a mum worries about whether she’s spending too much time in the office, or too much time running around getting everything done for the kids.

Now – unfortunately for the rest of us Angelina is probably one in a multi-million; we can’t all call every single shot when it comes to writing our work contracts. But we can empower ourselves to be confident with the decisions we make and know that they work for us and our children.

This week we saw Nina in Offspring have a crisis of conscious about this very topic – the lovely Chrissie Swan joined the show as an events host in Nina’s dream. Chrissie’s character bestowed compliment after compliment on all the other mums in Nina’s dream, until of course she came to Dr Proudman…

Dr Proudman

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So rather than take a leaf out of Nina’s book and slip under the table from guilt, we got thinking about the mums out there who (to us, at least!) seem to be doing what they can to strike a work/life balance.

Carolyn Creswell (aka Mrs. Carman’s Kitchen)

Carolyn Creswell

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Is Carolyn the pin-up for Australian ‘mumpreneurs’? 2012 Telstra Business Woman of the Year award recipient, owner of Carman’s muesli (which exports to over 32 countries), Carolyn is the mother of four and openly values and promotes the importance of a balanced family and career life.

Kirstie Marshall OAM

Kirstie Marshall OAM

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Former Australian Olympic aerial skier and now a Victorian state politician, Kirstie Marshall blazed all the headlines when in 2003 she breastfed her infant daughter in Parliament.

Kasey Chambers

Kasey Chambers

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Multiple ARIA-award winner and chart-topper Kasey chambers not only tours with her children, she’s recorded with them (and her dad) as well!

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

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Known the world around for her best-selling novels, Jodi brought the family to the office, or vice versa, when she and daughter Samantha van Leer collaborated on their first book, Between the Lines.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

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Apparently former US President Clinton was once quoted as saying his equally ambitious wife wanted to be a grandmother more than she wanted presidency. Well, now that daughter Chelsea is pregnant, we’ll just have to wait and see!

At the end of the day when it comes to an effective work/ life balance, it all comes down to a very personal choice. If you are comfortable, then be confident that you have struck a balance that’s right for you and your family’s circumstances.