As the parent of two girls, I'm used to strangers taking one look at my two little ladies and remarking some version of, "Oh, just wait until they're teenagers." I tend to respond with a smirk and a nod and carry on my way, but I won't lie that the comment always frustrates me. All pubescent kids are probably a handful, right? Are 13-year-old girls that much worse? Are those years going to ruin me as a parent?
So when Drew Barrymore — mom to girls Olive and Frankie — discussed how she thinks she "will be equipped to deal with teenage daughters," her response let me breathe a sigh of relief. She reminded me that I got this.
Drew, while on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, opened up about her struggles with her own mother and what it was like discovering that she was having a girl. "When the doctor said, 'You're having a girl' the first time, I was like, 'Here we go, mother issues, let's bring it on,'" she said. "But Olive came out of the womb, like, 'Don't put your mother stuff on me.'"
Then, when she found out she was pregnant the second time and the doctor confirmed she was having another girl, she had an epiphany. "I thought, 'Oh, I realize I was put on this planet to be a good woman so I could raise good women.'"
Drew's remarks made me realize that every time a stranger lets me know what trouble I'm in for, I can just remember that raising these girls into teens and into women is what I'm here to do. Simple as that!