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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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Don’t be too critical towards your child’s exploration of the Internet. Children may come across adult material by accident on the web. Also, a child may intentionally search for such websites; remember that it is natural for children to be curious about off-limits material. Try to use this as an opening to discuss the content with them, and perhaps make rules for this kind of activity. Be realistic in your assessment of how your child uses the internet.

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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Protect that smile. Encouraging your kid to brush twice a day with a dab of fluoride toothpaste will guard against cavities.