Drew Barrymore: ‘My Childhood Has Made me a Good Mother’

Monday, January 21, 2013

DREW Barrymore says her own turbulent childhood has taught her how to be a good mother.

The actress — who welcomed daughter Olive, her first with husband Will Kopelman, three months ago — learned a lot about the kind of mother she wants to be from the difficult relationship she had with her own mother Jaid Barrymore and wants her daughter to always know she will be there for her.

“I will be there at 3pm in the school line waiting to pick her up, that’s first and foremost,” she said.

Drew said that broken promises are what upset her most growing up.

“I think that’s as a kid what I craved the most, was just believing that was going to be there,” she said.

“Being there in that school line. I think the world offers so many wonderful varieties of obstacles but that shouldn’t be one for kids – is the worry that my parent won’t be there.

“I will absolutely instil in Olive that you cannot be ashamed of the journey that it took, you know, to get where you are if you are proud of yourself.

“But I will also try to instil on her that I did not have guidance and that is why I lived my life that way. And although I am proud of it and I don’t want to spend the rest of my life regretting it, there is no option for her to take that path because she has guidance.”