Celebrity Parents Drew Barrymore 'Felt Very Overwhelmed at First' Balancing Work and Homeschooling Her Daughters "It was weird to be a mom and a teacher and a provider and a friend," Drew Barrymore tells InStyle for the magazine's Badass Women Issue By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE. A '90s teen and horror film connoisseur, she started at the brand in 2016, after a decade of working as a technical writer and then moonlighting as a journalist beginning in 2013. Originally from New Orleans, Jen grew up both in NOLA and Florida and eventually attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando (still her home base!), where she earned a bachelor's in English/technical communication, with a minor in magazine journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 8, 2020 03:08 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Drew Barrymore for InStyle's Badass Women Issue. Photo: Photos by Drew Barrymore With almost eight years of parenting and a lifetime of Hollywood experience under her belt, Drew Barrymore has proven she can juggle it all — but at the end of the day, she's still human. "Between homeschooling and working, I felt very overwhelmed at first — and I hate feeling overwhelmed," the actress and mother of two, 45, told InStyle in her cover story for the magazine's August Badass Women Issue, about how she is handling life amid the coronavirus pandemic with her daughters Frankie, 6, and Olive, 7½. "It was weird to be a mom and a teacher and a provider and a friend. I felt sad for a while that I was all I could offer my children. Then I realized that I had to get out from under it," Barrymore said. "I have so much empathy and patience for everyone but myself, it's sick," added The Drew Barrymore Show host, laughing. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Drew Barrymore for InStyle's Badass Women Issue. Photos by Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore for InStyle's Badass Women Issue. Photos by Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore Jokes She Has to "Work So Hard at Not Being the Size of a Bus" Barrymore explained that she doesn't "watch the news in front of" her daughters, whom she shares with ex-husband Will Kopelman, "because I worry about the images." But at the same time, the Never Been Kissed actress doesn't "believe in bringing" Frankie and Olive up "in any type of bubble." "We all marched in the Women's March," she said. "I was speaking to a wonderful educator, Britt Hawthorne, and she said if you're talking to your kids about George Floyd, talk about how this has affected the world. It's not to flower things up in an unrealistic way but to focus on the outcome of something." While "Frankie was already out of school when it happened," Barrymore told InStyle that her older child's school "always puts everything on the table without telling the parents first." "So as you're grappling with how to talk to your kids about something, they walk in and say, 'We just got told everything,' " she explained. "They're very aware, and we're reading a lot of books and discussing it." Drew Barrymore covers InStyle's Badass Women Issue. Photos by Drew Barrymore RELATED VIDEO: Drew Barrymore Gets Back at Internet Trolls by Treating Herself With a Glam Day and New Haircut "Olive's teacher said, 'When you're sitting around the dinner table, you should talk about it.' But I'm a single mom — we eat around the tiny kitchen island, usually watching a cartoon and chitchatting," she continued, adding with a laugh, "I was like, 'Oh my God, when you're sitting down for a family dinner?' Me and Norman Rockwell." And her girls, Barrymore said, are what she's "most proud of" in her life: "Nothing in my life's journey was like, 'It's gonna happen for you.' And having kids was not something I wanted to get wrong. So I waited a long time." The August issue of InStyle is available on newsstands, on Amazon and for digital download on July 17. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.