Drew Barrymore is featured on the cover of the latest issue of People magazine and inside she talks about her life with her children and her notoriously crazy upbringing.
When it comes to teaching her three-year-old daughter Olive how to cook, Drew said that she got her a bowl and proceeded to teach her to whisk some eggs. She said, “She loves helping.”
She said that she put her daughter on a step stool so that she could see the skillet, but said, “If she burns herself, someone will say, ‘You’re the biggest a-hole, why did you let her near a stove?’ I’m just trying to figure this all out.”
In the magazine, she discusses how she had “the weirdest life ever” which included drinking as a pre-teen and going out to clubs – and even going into an institution at the age of twelve. She was also living on her own at the age of only 15-years-old.
She said, “I’m certainly not known for being boring. But I also think things that are emotional and raw are also a lot lighter than they seemed. Someone once said to me, ‘But your life…it’s so sad.’ And I was like, ‘Well, no, it’s not to me, but I could see how you would think that.’ My life is amazing.”
She went on to say, “When I first started having children, people were life, ‘Well, what are you going to tell them about [your upbringing]?’ And there was always a connotation and insinuation of, ‘You should be ashamed. But that’s crazy. They 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.”
Of her family, she said, “Honestly, I don’t know how it is for other couples but really I like watching him be a father. I know everyone says you’re supposed to put your coupledom first. But I really love it being all about the kids. Maybe that’s my compensating for not having parents myself or a childhood but right now, the focus is about how we’re figuring things out as parents.”
She added, “Not everything gets 100 percent all the time. I got into trouble saying, ‘You can’t have it all’ so I changed it to, ‘You can’t do it all.’ But you just can’t. It’s not physically possible. I’ll do my best. I’m a workhorse, I always have been, I always will be. But work is very much second to my kids.”