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 canâ€™t be an insignificant thing for Barrymore, these strategies for raising her two daughters, Olive (age three) and Frankie (age 1). Itâ€™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. Drewâ€™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, sheâ€™s just focusing on not embarrassing them too much.
â€œMy own mother, Jaid, wrote a book on sex, and it was the most mortifying feeling in the world,â€ Barrymore told InStyle (via People). â€œSo 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 donâ€™t need to know.â€
That said, she also doesnâ€™t plan on lying to her girls about their motherâ€™s difficult upbringing either. â€œIâ€™m not going to pretend to my daughters that Iâ€™m pure as the driven snow,â€ she says. â€œMaking bad decisions doesnâ€™t make you a bad person. It is how you learn to make better choices.â€
The interview wasnâ€™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 â€˜lava lamp.â€™ I thought, That was perfect! Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™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, â€˜No, you donâ€™t have a lava lamp.â€™â€