Drew Barrymore shows up to kids' school in sweatpants, inspires moms everywhere to be real

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Drew Barrymore shows up to kids' school in sweatpants, inspires moms everywhere to be real

After beating herself up for showing up to her kids' school in sweatpants, she's sharing the Drew Barrymore the world sees contrasted with the ugly-crying, makeup-free, bathroom-selfie version.

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Schedule daily special time. Let your child choose an activity where you hang out together for 10 or 15 minutes with no interruptions. There's no better way for you to show your love.

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Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY Published 11:37 a.m. ET Dec. 21, 2018
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Drew Barrymore shares stories from her life in the new book 'Wildflower.' Now mother of two young daughters, the actress is in a good place in her life, but she admits being a juggling mom isn't easy. (Nov. 2) AP

Drew Barrymore is turning a moment of self-doubt into a new movement.

"I showed up at my kids' school a little late this morning and I was in sweatpants. I felt like I didn't look like a proper mom and I started to beat up on myself," she said in a makeup-freepost on Thursday .

"It's so typical of what parents do to themselves," the single mom of two said.

But it also gave her an idea: "I started thinking of this hashtag, #TheWayItLooksToUs, and it got me all hopping up with inspiration. I want to present a five-part series and I invite you in to show the way it's supposed to look and the way it really is."

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#TheWayItLooksToUs A social media experiment and 5 part series I will be sharing this week. I invite you to join the conversation...

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Trust your mommy gut. No one knows your child better than you. Follow your instincts when it comes to his health and well-being. If you think something's wrong, chances are you're right.

The concept: Post a pair of selfies or videos – the first being a photo of the put-together, camera-ready version of you show to the world and the second shot is the real you, whatever you look and feel like that day.

Barrymore, 43, left the "it" part somewhat open-ended, meaning it could represent how your interpretation of what you thought being a working parent, stay-at-home mom or "adulting" was going to look like and how you look before or after going through all the effort to make it all look perfect and effortless.

Hours later, she posted her selfies, the first of which shows the face of the Flower Films producer and Beauty entrepreneur after hours of hair and makeup and with the benefit of professional cameras and lighting.

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Take charge. Children crave limits, which help them understand and manage an often confusing world. Show your love by setting boundaries so your kids can explore and discover their passions safely.