With everything going on politically this year, parents around the country may have had a tough time trying to figure out how to speak to their kids about the issues. Drew Barrymore recently opened up about her “extremely honest” approach to talking to her kids about current affairs.
The actress spoke with Health Magazine about how she talks to her daughters, ages 8 and 6, about what’s happening in the world from COVID-19 to the election.
“I am extremely honest, and I try to be honest in a way that doesn’t scare them. What I do not want to do is take my kids’ sense of security and safety away—that’s me robbing them of something by keeping them informed,” the TV host said. “But they are very informed. They know exactly who is doing what, and what is happening, and they are incredibly tuned-in on our world.”
“We’re just going to figure out a way to be totally worldly, mindful, aware, astute, super empowered with all the information—my biggest art is to do it without instilling fear,” she continued. “They march in marches, and they canvased our building to get people to vote.”
Barrymore also chatted about her new TV show, The Drew Barrymore Show, which was created to celebrate all of the things and people she’s most interested in, including health, wellness, interior design and beauty. She also took a moment to talk about how she’s looking at things now a bit differently after the year’s events.
“The only thing we have control over is ourselves, and that’s not selfish and indulgent. You only have control over how you take care of people. And I do think that’s the meaning of life. We’re here to take care of each other,” Barrymore said.
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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