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Drew Barrymore grew up on the big screen. She was the cute, curly headed little girl engaging audiences in films like Poltergeist and Firestarter. The former PETA spokesperson is all grown up. The single mum uses a secret weapon when co-parenting with her ex-husband. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she shared her secrets to co-parenting. “Plans.” “Constant plans.” A great deal of planning is the foundation when it comes to co-parenting.

Barrymore and Will Kopelman, the children’s father, divorced after several years of marriage. Barrymore has two daughters, Olive and Frankie with Kopelman. The actress was recently praised at The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles event. With a full schedule and two families involved, planning and communication are necessary. Barrymore is often seen in photographs with her daughters. Her enjoyment with motherhood is often captured. She was seen in a picture with her four-year-old daughter, Olive, playing at a foam pit.

Kopelman’s family plays a key role in the children’s lives. The actress organises schedules with her ex-husband and his family to arrange activities and events for the children. Barrymore opened up with Entertainment Tonight about the children’s grandmother. She asked to spend Halloween with her grandkids. The actress tells ET,“We as a family, have three dates for this Halloween.” Barrymore appears to take the challenges of organising for her children with a grain of salt.

Barrymore is not only a mother but also an entrepreneur. She owns a makeup line and production company. The He’s Just Not That Into You producer has a full schedule. It is easy to understand why planning is vital when maintaining balance for her children. She has to run both companies and collaborate with her ex-husband on the children’s schedules. Planning and communication are key to foster a supportive environment for the children.

Barrymore explained to Entertainment Tonight “ Families are many different definitions in this day and age.” The family unit has changed over the years. One thing that remains the same in families is priorities. The children’s needs should always be the priority in any family. Juggling full schedules between children in multi-family households is common today. Barrymore shows us that maintaining a healthy co-parenting relationship with her ex-husband and his family provides additional support for her and the children. Her positive attitude is the cornerstone of managing a loving family. Barrymore’s co-parenting practices show us how to maintain a balance in the family.