We finally got a look at the photo of Drew Barrymore's new baby girl, Olive, on the cover of People this week! Surprise, surprise: she is every bit the precious little bundle you'd expect out of the cutie with blond curls who stole our hearts 30 years ago in E.T. (yes, it's been 30 years ... I KNOW!). But she won't have a childhood anything like her mom's wild ride.
Long before Lindsay or Miley, Drew was Hollywood's most famous troubled child star. But she's not Little Girl Lost anymore, and if she has anything to say about it, Olive never will be.
So much for the old theory that you parent like your own parents, huh?
I have met more than a few people over the years who were wary of having kids because their parents were such royal screw-ups that they feared they'd inflict an equally awful childhood on their progeny. Consider the very public malfunction that was Drew's childhood, and it would be understandable if she held to the same fear.
The fact that she doesn't is an inspiration for all of us who have pondered whether we can get past certain troubling bits of our childhoods and be good parents. In an interview in which Drew calls baby Olive her biggest crush (aww!), she shared how she and her husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, plan to build a life with their new daughter:
I really wanted a wonderful traditional home for my kid. Will comes from a strong family, he provides a strong family ... It just makes me so emotional because it’s like a miracle.
I love that she gives her husband and his family credit. But Drew shouldn't sell herself short as a mom here. She's come a long way from her turbulent childhood. These days she's a successful producer, director, and of course, actress.
And I dare say there's something to be said for looking at our parents' screw-ups as a benchmark for what NOT TO DO as parents. Sometimes the kids who had it hardest are the best parents because they truly appreciate what it means to give their kids the gift of a happy start in life.
Are you like Drew, bucking your childhood to give your kids a whole different experience?
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