Drew Barrymore’s Parenting Strategy: Don’t Embarrass Your Kids – Vanity Fair
In a recent cover story for InStyle, Drew Barrymore talked about bodies, bikinis, and most interestingly, her philosophies about parenting. It can’t be an insignificant thing for Barrymore, these strategies for raising her two daughters, Olive (age three) and Frankie (age 1). It’s sometimes easy to forget that bubbly, love-and-light Drew emerged from one of the most turbulent child-star upbringings of them all, one that started in the business when she was six months younger than her youngest child is today. Alcohol, drugs, rehab, a suicide attempt, and ultimately legal emancipation from her parents all occurred by the age of fifteen. Drew’s been through it, so you can imagine that creating a successful parenting plan for her daughters would be pretty important to her. For the moment, though, she’s just focusing on not embarrassing them too much.
“My own mother, Jaid, wrote a book on sex, and it was the most mortifying feeling in the world,” Barrymore told InStyle (via People). “So I know how a child feels when their parents put themselves out there too much, and I will never do that to my daughters. There are some things about your parents you just don’t need to know.”
That said, she also doesn’t plan on lying to her girls about their mother’s difficult upbringing either. “I’m not going to pretend to my daughters that I’m pure as the driven snow,” she says. “Making bad decisions doesn’t make you a bad person. It is how you learn to make better choices.”
The interview wasn’t all just parenting tips either, as Barrymore took a moment to hitch a ride to the zeitgeist, specifically female body-image and Amy Schumer:
I remember when Amy Schumer was on Ellen, she called her midsection a ‘lava lamp.’ I thought, That was perfect! That’s what I’ve been trying to say. But then I saw her in Trainwreck, and she looked so good in a tiny bra and short skirt. I was like, ‘No, you don’t have a lava lamp.’”