Inside Brad Pitt's home visits with his kids

Brad Pitt is working hard to maintain a good relationship with his children, a source tells ET.

According to our source, the 54-year-old actor sees his kids with estranged wife Angelina Jolie a few times a week, and strives to make his home a safe environment to visit. Pitt and Jolie are parents to 16-year-old Maddox, 14-year-old Pax, 13-year-old Zahara, 11-year-old Shiloh and 9-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

“Brad tries to maintain a safe environment for the children, so that when they visit they stay home,” the source says. "When the children are visiting, they are usually accompanied by bodyguards and nannies. The house is basically on lockdown. He wants his time with his children to be private.”

“Brad really enjoys time with his kids,” the source adds. “It’s a really important time for him. The kids are his life. They mean everything to him.”

Our source says the actor likes to stay close to his home in Los Angeles, after wrapping up his latest project, the sci-fi film Ad Astra.

“Brad is very much a homebody,” the source notes.

As for his current relationship with Jolie, according to the source, the two remain amicable for the sake of their children. Things are "civil" between them, the source shares, with their children's well-being continuing to be their main focus.

ET spoke with 42-year-old Jolie on Tuesday at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala in New York City, where she brought along Zahara and Shiloh, as well as her close friend, human rights activist Loung Ung. 

"I'm with a woman I admire very much, and two other women I admire very much," she said in praise of her dates.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actor Brad Pitt, wearing Gucci, attends the 2017 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Mark Bradford and George Lucas presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for LACMA)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 8: Brad Pitt attends Netflix hosts the New York Premiere of 'Okja' at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on June 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 23: Brad Pitt attends the premiere for 'War Machine' at Roppongi Hills on May 23, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 22: Brad Pitt attends the press conference for 'War Machine' at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo on May 22, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Actor Brad Pitt leaves the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Chief Content Officer for Netflix Ted Sarandos (L) and actor Brad Pitt attend a special screening of the Netflix original film 'War Machine' at The Metrograph on May 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 05: Brad Pitt arrives at the Premiere Of Amazon Studios' 'The Lost City Of Z' at ArcLight Hollywood on April 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, presenter Brad Pitt onstage during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
Brad Pitt attends the 'Allied' premiere in Madrid on Nov 22, 2016 (Photo by Gabriel Maseda/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 14: Brad Pitt attends the red carpet for the Paramount Pictures title 'Allied' on November 14, 2016 at Shanghai Postal Museum in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures )
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Brad Pitt arrives at the Fan Event For Paramount Pictures' 'Allied' at Regency Village Theatre on November 9, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24: Brad Pitt is seen at LAX on July 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Actor Brad Pitt is seen coming out of a hotel in Soho on July 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Brad Pitt is seen at LAX on June 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Brad Pitt seen in Manhattan on July 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
LE MANS, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Actor Brad Pitt attends the start of the 84th Le Mans 24-hours endurance race on June 18, 2016 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 09: Brad Pitt is seen at LAX on June 09, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 31: Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt seen filming scenes for 'Five Seconds Of Silence in Hampstead on March 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Alex B. Huckle/GC Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: Brad Pitt seen out in Tribeca on November 26, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Brad Pitt attends 'The Big Short' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on November 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Brad Pitt attends the 'Allied' premiere in Madrid on Nov 22, 2016 (Photo by Gabriel Maseda/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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