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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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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Salma Hayek (mom to Valentina): “When Valentina was not even 1 month old, my aunt [gave me the best advice]: ‘Put her to sleep yourself every night. Sing to her and cradle her in your arms and sit by her side - every night. Because one day you won’t be able to, and it’s going to happen really fast.”

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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Give appropriate praise. Instead of simply saying, "You're great," try to be specific about what your child did to deserve the positive feedback. You might say, "Waiting until I was off the phone to ask for cookies was hard, and I really liked your patience."