"I'm an overachiever parent, and not because I think I'm going to repeat the patterns of my parents."
She first won hearts at the tender age of 5 when she starred in the Spielberg classic, ‘E.T.’ and since then she has starred in numerous films, both critically acclaimed and mainstream hits.
But with her fame came many struggles: she battled smoking, drinking, and drug use, going to rehab at 13 years old.
By the age of 15, she was living on her own. She discusses her tumultuous years in detail in her book entitled, ‘Wildflower’, which, she dedicated to her daughters.
Today I wrote a book. And as I thank and celebrate many women this week, I must say a huge thank you to my mother. As I say in the acknowledgments, “thank you for my life. I am ever so pleased to be here!” We have had quite a road, but it is paved with gratitude. #amazingwomenweek #wildflowerbook and thank you to the @drewseum for the photo!
“When I first started having children, people were like, ‘Well, what are you going to tell them about your upbringing?'” she revealed to TODAY. “There was always a connotation and insinuation of, ‘You should be ashamed.'”
She adds, “But that’s crazy. My daughters are going to know I’m not some holier-than-thou person who just doesn’t want them to live. I just want to guide them in the best way possible.”
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Despite everything she’s achieved, the actress, director, author and entrepreneur admits that she’s got much to learn, especially when it comes to motherhood. “I’m just trying to figure this all out,” she told TODAY.
“I really love it being all about the kids. Maybe that’s my compensating for not having parents myself or a childhood..” she says, pertaining to growing up in a broken home. “Right now, the focus is about how we’re figuring things out as parents.”
Drew Barrymore just recently broke the news about her plans on divorcing her third husband, Will Kopelman. But she did assure her fans that caring for their daughters Olive, 3 and Frankie, 2 remains their top priority.
She recently got tattoos of her daughters names right after news broke out of her impending divorce.
She promised that her kids won’t be entering show business anytime soon.
“I’m an overachiever parent, and not because I think I’m going to repeat the patterns of my parents,” she explained in an interview with Good Housekeeping. “That’s not my fear — I’ve already broken that pattern in my life. But having grown up in the opposite way, I’m raising my children with all consistency, all protection. This is my chance to get it right.”
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