How Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie get some romantic 'alone time'

May 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM ET

When you and your partner want some romantic "alone time," how do you get privacy in a house full of kids? Fire up their favorite DVD? Shoo them outside to play and lock the door?

Or, you could try the tactic favored by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: Honesty.

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Wonder what she's smiling about?

"There are no secrets at our house," the 47-year-old actor tells USA Weekend. "We tell the kids, 'Mom and Dad are going off to kiss.' They go, 'Eww, gross!' But we demand it."

Hmmm, the line between modeling a healthy, loving relationship and giving your kids TMI can be a thin one sometimes. But hey, if it works for the world's sexiest couple (and their six kids), more power to them.

How about you? Do your kids give you the "eww, gross" reaction when you show affection to your partner? Do you have any tips for keeping the romance alive -- without the benefit of Brangelina's retinue of household staff?