Drew Barrymore is opening up about how she's parenting differently than her own mother did.
The actress and daytime talk show host, 47, sat down with Rob Lowe on his podcast Literally! With Rob Lowe, and explained that while her own mother was partying with her at night clubs when Barrymore was barely a teen, she wanted to be more protective with her own kids — even though doing so was initially difficult to navigate.
The star, who shares daughters Olive, 9, and Frankie, 8, with her ex-husband Will Kopelman, said, "When I became a parent, I knew there were so many things I didn't want to do, but it didn't mean I had the tools to know what it was I should do. And, boy, I felt very intimidated. I'm not going to lie, it took me a lot of years to gain confidence as a parent."
Barrymore said she eventually figured out what works for her as a parent.
“I won't even let my kids be on social media," she said. “They can look at it. I don't want them to be the odd kids. Or you know, I don't want to deprive them to the point of rebellion. I'm like, 'You can watch it all you want. I trust you. I'll come monitor it. But I'm not going to be a hawk and drive you crazy, but I'm not going to put you on it. You can't open up an account, I'm not going to feature you on mine. I want you to be kids. I want you to be safe. I want you to be protected.' I am so conservative compared to my upbringing."
Though the 50 First Dates star is undeniably famous, she also shared that she didn't want to parent in the limelight.
"I showed up at a baby mommy and me group when I had Olive, my first daughter, who's turning 10, and everyone at the mommy and me group was a somebody," she recalled. "I left knowing I would never go back. I was like, 'No, I can't, I'm sorry.' I went back to the gym class in a mini-mall for the next four years. And not one person there did I know or recognize and I was like, 'This is much more my speed.'"
Barrymore also spoke of her 2016 divorce from Kopelman, which she said "devastated" as it was the “death of a dream." However, since her divorce, she and Kopelman have found a healthy way to co-parent.
"Why does this mean separation? Why does this mean, like, awkwardness and and coldness and and distance? Why does it have to be that way? It doesn't actually," she said. "We could prove to ourselves with the right attitude and togetherness that we can beat this thing and somehow create a new dream. And we did and we faked it until we made it. We struggled through it. It wasn't easy at first. But we got to the other side. He's remarried now. His wife, our beautiful daughters' stepmother ... It really is amazing ... I'm very happy and relieved and proud that we went through hell to get there."
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