Most parents with seven-year-old boys try to teach them not to play with knives. Not Angelina Jolie. According to W magazine:
Every family has its unique rites of passage, those generational milestones that mark a child’s growth and remind parents of their own similar experiences, years earlier. In the Jolie-Pitt household, one such event is the day a kid begins collecting daggers. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s seven-year-old son, Maddox, like many boys his age, has lately developed a fondness for guns and knives, and Jolie proudly notes that the predilection runs in the family.
“My mom took me to buy my first daggers when I was 11 or 12,” she recalls. “And I’ve already bought Maddox some things. We take him to a special shop.” She emphasizes that the knife blades are dulled so they’re not dangerous, and that the purchases are accompanied by discussions about violence. But, she says, “we also talk about samurais and about the idea of defending someone as good. We talk about everything.”
Good call, Angie. It’s a tough world out there, and you have to raise your kids right for it. That’s why my father would pit me and my brothers against each other in bare-knuckles boxing matches in the front yard every night after dinner, prodding us with sharp sticks when we started to get sluggish. He wanted to toughen us up, and it worked. My therapist says I’m the toughest sonofabitch he’s ever treated.