Drew Barrymore Loves Making Messes in the Kitchen With Her Daughters

As a mother of two daughters, Drew Barrymore knows planning meals for young children can be a big task, even for those who love to cook. Just because there’s delicious, homemade food that someone spent hours making on the table doesn’t mean the little ones will appreciate what’s there.

So, like many other parents and caregivers, Barrymore does her best with each day. Some are successes, and others fall short. But one thing the talk show host doesn’t worry too much about is letting her kids get messy with her in the kitchen while making things they like to eat.

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Drew Barrymore keeps it simple when feeding her daughters

In Barrymore’s lifestyle book, Rebel Homemaker, she shares she isn’t “fancy” when it comes time to feed her kids because she’s found it’s not that easy. “Frankie has more of an adventurous palate, but Olive kind of wants what she wants,” she notes.

So, they go through ups and downs with what they will eat. Barrymore says her daughters will really like something new for a short period before disliking it. And sometimes, they go through periods where they “just don’t want to eat anything.”

One thing she uses to get through the “ongoing process” of being the meal provider for children with picky palates is hands-on kitchen participation with Frankie and Olive.

“It’s so fun for me to cook with my kids, and I always get messy about it,” she writes in Rebel Homemaker. “The flour all over the floor of the kitchen as we bake … we’ve tried to get more responsible and less messy, because those messes can be epic cleanups.”

But when trying to get through long days and get meals into both her daughters throughout them, she simply does her best and then tries again in the morning. “Lather, rinse, repeat,” she summarizes.

Drew Barrymore ‘doesn’t sit at a table like a Norman Rockwell painting’ with her daughters

While sharing some insights about her life at home with Frankie and Olive, Barrymore reveals in Rebel Homemaker that she and her kids “don’t sit at a table like a Norman Rockwell painting” to eat.

They gather at the kitchen island for cereal and hard-boiled eggs in the morning before school. For dinner, she tries to get them to sit at the table. But sometimes, “they just want to sit on the couch with little tables in front of the TV,” and she enjoys that, too.

The Ever After star relates to people who want so badly to get their kids to eat healthy food and sit at the table for dinner. But she says she also goes into “parental survival mode” and tries to get her daughters to eat something throughout some days.

“As a parent, you beat yourself up that the way you do it isn’t the right way. But there is no right way,” she suggests.

Drew Barrymore is ‘just another parent trying to feed her kids’

As Barrymore revealed after her divorce from her daughters’ father, she didn’t plan on being a single mom co-parenting with an ex. But she learned things don’t always go as planned. So, she approaches some things in life without expectations or aspirations and just hopes to get through.

“… My food journey since becoming a mom has been not patronizing or overly aspirational. I’m just another parent trying to feed my kids and do the best I can. And some days I fail, and some days I feel like I succeed,” she concludes in her lifestyle book.

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