Charlize Theron admits that she has her share of 'bad days' and says her kids can be 'a--holes' too
Charlize Theron talks about having bad days and the times when her kids do not listen to her but then she always knew she wanted to adopt kids.
Charlize Theron knew full well that one day she was going to adopt kids and ever since she has, her life has changed. Talking to Elle about raising kids, Charlize confessed that when she was small she had visited orphanages in South Africa and was interesting in adopting a brother or a sister. But when that didn't work out, Charlize's mom, Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz, knew she would adopt kids of her own. However, things were never that easy.
The actress recalls that she "struggled mentally through the adoption process." She confessed that it was one of the lowest points in her life as they were multiple things that posses problematic in her adoption process. "Some of the lowest points in my life were dealing with the first time I filed; it really took an emotional toll. There were many situations that didn't work out, and you'd get attached and have all your hopes up and then just get crushed. So I was in a different mind space. I had different needs," she recalled.
Luckily for her, things turned out perfectly and now, she is proud parents to Jackson Theron and August Theron and she believes that her life is everything that she ever wanted it to be. "I have never loved an age more than my forties. Forty to me feels like Goldilocks," she admits. "Like I've finally found the perfect-size bed, the perfect-size mug..."
Charlize believes that becoming a mom has helped her get clarity in life even though there are times when things can get hard to manage. "I just see things clearer. A child in my twenties was the scariest idea I could think of. When I got to my thirties, I was so ready. But there's a moment where you're like, 'Oh God, I hope once I have my kids, I'm still going to want to be a parent this much," she said.
"I have bad days. I make mistakes. Going through the tantrum stages when they're such little a--holes. And they choose the worst moments. It's a lot for one person. But after six years of having my two nuggets, there's not a day when I wish I hadn't done this." However, Charlize admits that things have been easier with having her mom by her side. By co-parenting the kids together, her mom and Charlie have been able to make their bond stronger.
At the same time, Charlize confessed that she does not have all the answers but that does not mean there is no room to learn more. "I've had a lot of moms come up to me and tell me I'm screwing everything up. Both my kids grew up on formula, and I remember a mom saying to me, 'You should really buy breast milk.' And I was like, 'What?!' That's a line you just don't cross," she recalled. While there are many who might have suggestions to make, she does not let it bother her. "The good thing about me is, I've never given a s--t about what people think. That's the only quality I have that has probably helped me in being a mother," she added.