Charlize Theron might be one of the biggest stars in the entertainment world but when it comes to her personal life, she likes to keep things rather private. As a matter of fact, the Hollywood actress isn’t the kind of person who likes to flaunt her life as a mother on social media or take her kids to every red carpet event she is invited to.
Instead, Theron keeps things to herself. With that said, here are some things you probably didn’t know about Charlize and how she parents her two kids, Jackson and August. Check out our list below and let us know what you think!
10 She’s Not A Social Media Mom
Charlize Theron has social media accounts but that’s not because she wants to, it’s because she has to. Charlize knows that being a visible actress and celebrity is part of her job, especially when it comes to promoting her movies. However, she’s not the kind of person who posts pics of her kids and their milestones.
Instead, Theron likes to keep those special moments to herself. Charlize might be a public figure but that doesn’t mean her kids have to follow suit. She wants to give them the opportunity to decide what they want to do with their lives when the right time comes.
9 Adoption Was Always On Her Mind
Charlize Theron admits that even when she was a little girl, she always wanted to give a child a safe, loving home. That’s why she adopted her two kids, Jackson and August. She knew adoption was always in the cards for her.
Charlize told Elle Magazine, “When I first filed [for adoption], my mom showed me a letter I’d written when I was little; I asked if we could go to the orphanage. In South Africa, orphanages were everywhere, and I wanted a brother or sister. I was always aware that there are so many children in this world who don’t have families.”
8 Personal Parenting
For Charlize, it doesn’t matter if she gave birth to her children or not. Parenting is a very personal thing and for her and it’s something that she takes very seriously. She raises her kids the same way any other mom or dad would raise their kids.
Charlize also told Elle Magazine, “Adoption is a very personal thing—I know people whom I love dearly who don’t feel that they could raise another child as their own. I respect that. But for me—and I can’t be the only person out there—I never saw a difference in raising an adopted child versus my own biological child.”
7 She’s Open To More Kids
Just because Charlize decided to adopt her first two children, that doesn’t mean she’s ruled out having biological kids of her own or perhaps getting pregnant one day. For Charlize, it’s just a matter of finding the right partner in her life.
Charlize said (via Elle Magazine): “I don’t feel like I’m missing out on something. This was always my first choice, even when I was in a relationship. I was very honest with my partners that I was open to having my own biological kids but that adoption had to be a part of my life. I felt that strongly about it.”
While it does not have to be one or the other, Charlize always knew that adoption was likely to take priority.
6 Dealing With Tantrums
Charlize admits that she goes through the same ups and downs that parenting throws at you just like so many other moms and dads out there. Charlize told Elle Magazine:
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. 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.
Even prior to getting hands-on experience, the actress seemed to be under no disillusionment on what parenting entails. It is hard work and children are not always the sweetest; however, at the end of the day, the hard work is worth it.
5 Working With Her Mom
Charlize Theron is co-parenting her two children with her mother, Gerda. After all, Gerda Maritz has remained by Charlize's side throughout the years and is the one person the actress completely trusts.
Gerda might be a grandmother to Charlize’s two children, but she’s also a parent to them. "There’s nothing about our relationship that isn’t co-parenting," Charlize said, according to USA Today. "I have absolutely no shame in that, and my children, their lives are only going to be enriched because of it."
4 Her Kids Argue, Too
Sure, Charlize might be one of the most recognizable names in the entertainment industry, but at home, she’s simply a mom who often has to act as a referee between her kids. Hey, we’ve all been there, right?
Charlize said (via USA Today):
Prior to last year, it was a more agreeable house. It was easier to agree on what we were going to do as a family, or what we were going to watch or eat. While determined to encourage their individual voices, sometimes I’m just like, 'Can we just all agree that we’re having corn dogs?!'
Theron tries to find a middle-ground between providing her children with personal autonomy while still maintaining some degree of control at home. Far from the easiest to balance to sustain.
3 She Gives Herself Pep Talks
As many moms and dads would agree, parenting is not for the weak, nor is it a nice walk in the park. You will have your good days and you will definitely have your bad days. So it’s no wonder that Charlize often has to give herself a little pep talk, especially when the going gets tough!
Charlize told USA Today, “I literally go into the bathroom and I look in the mirror and go: 'This will serve them when they’re adults. But now it’s going to (mess) you up. You just gotta stay strong.' I do like a whole De Niro talk in the mirror with myself."
2 She Gives Her Kids Choices
Charlize Theron isn’t into conventional parenting. Even though both Jackson and August are fairly young, she allows them to have their own choices when it comes to creative or personal expression. She doesn’t parent with expectations. Instead, she allows them to freely be who they want to be.
While some critics might have raised their eyebrows overseeing Charlize’s son wear a dress in public, the actress doesn’t pay attention to what they have to say. For her, all that matters is that her kids grow up happy and confident in who they are, regardless of what others have to say about it.
1 She Does Put Her Foot Down
With that said, it doesn’t mean Charlize Theron is the kind of mother who lets her kids do whatever they want. She does put her foot down when the need arises. In fact, many of her fans couldn’t help noticing that Jackson has had plenty of tantrums and meltdowns in public.
Even though she knows the cameras are watching her, Charlize has managed to swiftly put an end to this misbehavior each and every time while remaining quite calm. Whatever Charlize is doing seems to be working. Both of her kids are happy and healthy and that’s what matters the most, right?