Angelina Jolie, December Vogue Cover

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Just in time for the holidays, Angelina Jolie gives the best gift of all: more dish on her kids with Brad Pitt.

The actress and mother of six tells Vogue about the cute stuff her children do, like the time Shiloh asked her if she could have a dead pet...

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"Shiloh found a dead bird, so she came in and said, 'Can I have a dead pet?' " Angie recalls. She told Shi, "Uh-uh, I don't think it's healthy, honey. I think they have to put him in a box,' and I had to run out to find, like, a taxidermy bird. I just worked it out for her."

When the Oscar winner isn't dealing with dead animals or live ones (they have a bulldog named Jacques at their home in France), she attempts cooking but mainly leaves it up to 6-year-old Pax. "[He's] a better cook than me. Pax likes to cook."

She tries when she can, buoyed by the support of her kids, especially 9-year-old Maddox.

"He's just this little man that's very supportive of me—it's like he's raised me a bit. So I cooked them all breakfast before school this morning, and he has that kind of 'Thanks, Mom! Good job!' "

Aw, kids are the, um, best parents ever?!

They don't do all the work, though—they do go to school. The children are enrolled in Lycée Français international school, so wherever they are in the world, they "get on with lessons as normal because the instruction is the same the world over."

Plus, the elder boys speak their native languages. Pax has a nanny who speaks Vietnamese to him while Maddox has a Cambodian-speaking nanny. "'We have not yet attempted Amharic," says Jolie—Zahara's from Ethiopia—"but we will one day.' "

Though the globe-trotting family is never in the same place for long, Angelina hints at some normalcy in the future. "Hopefully, they'll go to high school in Aix-en-Provence. It looks like a great place to be a teenager."

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