Brad Pitt opens up about his family life

Brad Pitt is a superstar in every sense of the word – but away from the camera, he relishes in his family life. He and partner Angelina Jolie have three children – Maddox, 5, Zahara, 1, and Shiloh, 3 months.

In the new issue of Esquire, Brad lists "15 Things Everyone Should Know." Here are the child-related parts of his list (the interview was done in early July).

Adoption: There are ten million children who have lost their parents to AIDS. That number’s going to double by 2010. Now that I have two adopted kids, I cannot imagine life without them. They’re as much of my blood as any natural born, and I’m theirs. That’s all I can say about it. I can’t live without them. So: Anyone considering, that’s my vote.

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Three Things I’ve Learned About Parenting: I try not to stifle them in any way. If it’s not hurting anyone, I want them to be able to explore. Sometimes that means they’re quite rambunctious. At night, before they go to bed, I feel it’s really important to have that time to sit and talk to them. I really like that last minute before they fade off. And always give them a heads-up before you jerk them out of something. You need to tell them, like, "You have three more minutes." Someone told me that one. It’s essential.

The Ultimate Diaper-Rash Cream: Shiloh is six weeks old now. She’s got horrible diaper rash, poor thing. Same with Zahara when we picked her up in Ethiopia. She had such a bad rash, it looked almost disfiguring. We’ve tried everything—every cream, every salve, every natural product. We haven’t found the magic ointment. Yet.

Burping Your Baby: Getting a burp out of your little thing when she needs it is probably the greatest satisfaction I’ve come across at this point in my life. It is truly one of life’s most satisfying moments.

Source: Esquire

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