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Monday, May 5th, 2014
Interview by Patty Adams Martinez
Mom of daughters Olive, 20 months (pictured), and Frankie, born April 22, Drew Barrymore is vowing to have less anxiety and more patience. Sound familiar?
Is it different being cast in mom roles, like the one in Blended, out May 23, opposite Adam Sandler, now that you’re actually a mom?
It means more to me now; it’s more emotional, because I know what it feels like to have kids and to know that kind of unconditional love, which is such a powerful thing. And I like that this character isn’t perfect, because I don’t believe in perfection. But I do believe in growing and that’s why my favorite thing about being a mom is what a better person it makes you on a daily basis.
Are you worried about the princess phase, and what it means for your daughters’ body image and self-worth?
I’ll be the best role model I can be for my kids. I can’t wait to show them my  movie Ever After, so they can see that they can be a princess and still save themselves. They don’t need a prince for that! As far as body image goes, sure I’d love to have long, thin legs—but I don’t. Instead I have the legs of a corgi or a dachshund! And I feel like bikini season is probably my worst nightmare, but I think it’s more about having a sense of humor about it and an acceptance of who you are. I’m ready to teach my girls what I learned early on in life—that insecurity and jealousy are the two biggest wastes of time on the planet.
Well said! Is there anything that scares you about having two children under 2?
How overwhelming it could be! But I love that they’ll be 19 months apart. I would have loved a sibling more than anything in the world when I was growing up—more than parents—so I think that’s why I got right on having kids plural because I wanted them to have each other. I’ve idealized that sort of partnership my whole life.
What mistakes did you make with Olive that you’ve vowed to never make again?
I was too uptight! Numerous people have told me you chill out a bit more per kid. I really hope that’s true! I was a stress case with Olive—having the worst visions of everything that could go wrong and worrying nonstop. But I don’t want my children to pick up on that stress. I want to provide them with a fun, silly, loving, consistent upbringing.
Now that you’re a parenting pro, what’s your best advice for a first-time mom on how to get her baby to sleep through the night?
I am extremely fanatical about sleep training. If you stick to a schedule very diligently and have naps, bathtime, and bedtime at the same times every day, you will get your child to sleep through the night very early on. Olive is down to one nap from 12 to 2 p.m., dinner is always at 5 p.m., and her bath is at 6 p.m., followed by bedtime. But it’s really hard. It’s not like free-hippie-love parenting, letting the baby sleep on my chest at the wrong hour, and being so easygoing and la, la, la. It’s a weird sort of military precision, and I’m driving home like a crazy person to meet the naptime, and living and breathing by the schedule. So it is a little harsh and panic-inducing, but I found it so effective.
And how do you handle tantrums in your house?
I got this fortune in a fortune cookie after pigging out on Chinese food about a year ago and I saved it in my wallet. In essence, it just said patience is the most rewarding thing in the world to those around you—and to yourself. So I just relax and try so hard to be there for her and not lose my patience, because I’ve realized if she freaks out and she doesn’t feel my anxiety, frustration, or listlessness, we can coast through it together, and it’s over before you know it. It’s easier said than done, but it works!
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Monday, October 14th, 2013
The tantrums and the insistent chorus of “No!”: There’s a reason that the time between Baby’s second and third birthdays is called the Terrible Twos. Help keep drama at bay with play that hones your toddler’s motor skills, improves her linguistic abilities, and fuels her imagination. Need some inspiration? Try these picks from Shop Parents.
• A well-rested kid is a happy kid. Help yours get his Z’s with a soothing song from the cuddly Lullaby and Goodnight Elmo.
• She wants to express herself by drawing everywhere: on the walls, the driveway, the sidewalk. With this chunky chalk designed for little fingers, you can let her.
• Reading is fundamental, and it’s one of the best ways to teach children about language. Inspire a lifelong love of books with stories such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
Doing The Math Behind Homeschooling
A growing number of Americans are choosing not to send their children off to school, opting instead to educate them at home. (via CNN)
New Code Aims to Ease Suspensions of Students
New York City public-school students can no longer be suspended for one-time, low-level infractions, and the youngest pupils can be suspended only for 5 days for midlevel offenses, down from 10, according to new disciplinary rules posted by the Education Department this week. (via New York Times)
Genes May Determine How We Vote
New genetic studies find that nature may be playing as significant a role as nurture when it comes to political traits (via ABC)
Evidence Weak That Vocational Programs Help Young Adults with Autism
A new study finds there’s little science to backup the efficacy of current methods used to help young adults with these neurodevelopmental disorders segue into the workforce. (via CNN)
Normal Tot or Problem Child? Tantrums May Hold Clue
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It’s common for young children to have a temper tantrum from time to time, but daily tantrums are uncommon enough to be a possible sign of worrisome behavior problems, a new study finds. (via Today)
Friday, March 9th, 2012
Report: USDA School Lunch Meat Contains “Pink Slime”
McDonald’s and other fast food chains may have gotten rid of “pink slime” from its burgers, but the gooey sounding chemical treatment that removes bacteria from meat is popping up elsewhere: Kids’ school lunches.
Polish Woman Saves Babies with 75 Days in Labor
A Polish woman lay nearly upside down in labor for 75 days to save the lives of her two premature babies after the first of three foetuses growing inside her was born prematurely and died.
Heart Screens for Kids Not Ready for Prime Time
Routinely giving children electrocardiograms could detect some cases of potentially fatal heart problems, but it would also cause many false-alarms along the way, a new study suggests.
Toddler’s Tantrum Gets Family Booted from JetBlue Flight
The subject of “appropriate behavior” for children on airline flights is back in the news again. This time it comes after a Rhode Island family was kicked off a JetBlue flight in the Turks and Caicos when the family’s 2-year-old toddler threw a temper tantrum before takeoff, NBC 10 of Providence reports.
Tea Parties with Dad May Result in Better Grades
Fathers who sip pretend tea, play school alongside stuffed animals or act out storybooks with their toddlers are doing more than establishing their “fun Dad” image. They may be giving kids an academic boost that lasts at least through elementary school, a new study of low-income families suggests.
Teen Sex Ed: Instead of Promoting Promiscuity, It Delays First Sex
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On Thursday, the Guttmacher Institute, which conducts reproductive health research, came out with a study that suggests censoring sex ed won’t actually lead to teens safeguarding their virginity until they slip on a wedding ring. But sex ed classes, even the really G-rated ones, get teens to wait longer before they start having sex.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
National Study Finds Widespread Sexual Harassment of Students in Grades 7 to 12
Nearly half of 7th to 12th graders experienced sexual harassment in the last school year, according to a study scheduled for release on Monday, with 87 percent of those who have been harassed reporting negative effects such as absenteeism, poor sleep and stomachaches.
Mississippi voting on ‘Personhood’ Amendment
Mississippi voters are casting ballots Tuesday on an amendment to the state constitution that would define life as beginning at the moment of conception.
What Not To Buy Online: Lollipops Laced With Chickenpox
A woman in Nashville, Tenn., advertised lollipops contaminated with the varicella virus on Facebook. The tainted pops were intended for parents who want to expose their children to the disease.
Tantrum Tamer: New Ways Parents Can Stop Bad Behavior
Forget everything you may have read about coping with children’s temper tantrums. Time-outs, sticker charts, television denial—for many, none of these measures will actually result in long-term behavior change, according to researchers at two academic institutions.
When Dads Have Depression, Kids May Be at Risk, Too
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Children of fathers who seem depressed are more likely to show signs of behavioral and emotional problems, although the nature of the link isn’t clear, researchers report.
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