While out and about in New York City this week, the mother of six sported a gold ring on her right hand. It was a Mother's Day gift from her 5-year-old son. "Knoxy made me a picture of Maleficent and they made it into a ring," she says in the May 26 issue of People, on stands now. "It's so cute!"
How did Knox's twin sister Vivienne Jolie-Pitt show their mom some love? "Vivi made me stationery and pillows for my office," Jolie says. The best part about Mother's Day, the actress said, is that "they seemed to genuinely be happy. Sometimes you see it's something kids are forced to do or they're forced to wear something. My kids never do that. They force me to wear silly things. I loved Goofy when I was little. So Pax drew me a Goofy shirt. I wore that with a crown Vivienne found for me."
In the cover story, the Maleficent actress also opens up about what motherhood means to her.
"Like every parent, when you start your family, your life completely changes. And you completely live for someone else. I find that the most extraordinary thing. Your life is handed over to someone else. From that moment on, they come first in every choice you make. It's the most wonderful thing," she tells People. "I love being a mom, and I love our family. It's just so much fun to watch them grow up and meet the different people they are. They're so uniquely different and they're so funny."
With six kids under one roof, Jolie has her hands full. Luckily, the children take care of each other, too. "I read a great article stating scientists believe that siblings have more effect on a child than their parents. I think there's a lot of truth to that. I'm watching them kind of raise each other and affect each other. In the middle of the night you hear them telling each other things or the older ones explaining things to the younger ones," the Academy Award winner says. "Most of the time Brad and I just laugh. You figure they'll get corrected somehow sooner or later."
While they may be the children of movie stars, the Jolie-Pitts are just like any other kids. "Homework's hard. Especially math," Jolie says. "My kids joke with me. They tell me they have homework. I say, 'Okay.' And then I sit down and they say, 'It's math.' 'Noooo! Not math! English, history, anything!'"