‘I want to empower my daughters to think work is good and necessary.’

By Lauren Phillips
Updated March 16, 2018
Drew Barrymore
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The legions of people on Instagram have advice, solicited or not, for everything from yoga routines to travel spots to diets—and now Drew Barrymore has joined their ranks yet again, this time offering on point parenting advice for working moms.

The E.T. and Santa Clarita Diet star (and lingerie designer!) is a mom of two, and she recently took to Instagram to share her tips for balancing it all, especially when she’s on the road for work.

To make balancing her home life and work life easier, Barrymore writes that she has systems to keep everything running smoothly. One is “THE CALENDAR,” which allows Barrymore’s oldest daughter, Olive, to keep track of how long her mom will be gone and when she’s coming back.

Barrymore also wrote about her commitment to not making work seem like a chore, or like a bad think taking her away from her daughter: “I fear it will make her feel negative about something a lot of moms must do to provide,” she writes. “I want to empower my daughters to think work is good and necessary. And can even lead them to [the] road of their dreams,” she adds.

In a follow-up Instagram of Olive with her father, Barrymore touched on how she communicates with her children while she’s traveling, and how she figured out that Facetiming wasn’t always the best solution.

Barrymore goes on to talk about how finding what works for your individual family is key: “When you find something that does work for you and your family, big or small…Celebrate.” She acknowledges that mothering is difficult and challenging, but also incredibly rewarding.

In the post, she also thanks her ex-husband for his support and writes about how fortunate she is that her daughters have a strong support system they can rely on when she’s away for work.

Hundreds of moms commented on Barrymore’s post, thanking her for her honest words and sharing their own challenges and successes—head to Drew Barrymore’s Instagram to see all the frank advice.