Angelina Jolie's Open Letter To Parents On Handling COVID-19

Famous Hollywood star Angelina Jolie pens a beautiful letter to parents amid lockdown and it's just the thing we need now! Read her full letter here.

By Kerina De Floras  • 5 min read

Angelina Jolie's Open Letter To Parents On Handling COVID-19

Angelina Jolie, popular Hollywood actor, has written a powerful open letter to parents all over the world on surviving the lockdown. She expresses that she understands how difficult it is to plan the days and still keep up a smile through the worry. "One thing that has helped me is to accept that it is impossible", she says. She adds that learning to take a break from something she was doing to answer her children's needs is a new skill she has acquired as a parent. She also stresses upon the importance of growing together with children. She oozes positivity in this empowering letter that every parent must read. Read it right here.

Dear Parents,

I am thinking of you. I am imagining how hard each of you is trying to get through your days. How much you want to lead your loved ones through this. How you worry. How you plan. How you smile for them, when inside you feel at times you are breaking.

I was not a very stable youth. In fact, I never thought I could be anyone’s mom. I remember the decision to become a parent. It wasn’t hard to love. It wasn’t hard to dedicate myself to someone and something greater than my life. What was hard was knowing that from now on I needed to be the one to make sure everything was okay. To manage it and make it work. From food to school to medical. Whatever would come. And to be patient.

I realized I stopped my constant daydreaming, instead staying always ready for any break into what I was doing or thinking to answer a need. It was a new skill to acquire.

So now, in the midst of this pandemic, I think of all the mothers and fathers with children at home. All hoping they can do everything right, answer all needs, and stay calm and positive.

One thing that has helped me is to know that’s impossible.

It is a lovely thing to discover that your children don’t want you perfect. They just want you honest. And doing your best. In fact, the more room they have to be great where you are weak, the stronger they may become. They love you. They want to help you. So in the end, it’s the team you build. And in a way, they are raising you up too. You grow together.

- Angelina Jolie

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Written by Kerina De Floras on 28 April 2020. 

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