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How does Drew Barrymore know she’s a great mom? The actress, who appears on the cover of More magazine’s February issue, credits her difficult childhood with teaching her to be a better mother.

“I didn’t really have parents, you know?” Barrymore, 39, says. “And therefore the kind of parent I will be is a good, present parent.” She adds: “In a way, maybe that was a detriment to my youth, but it’ll be the biggest asset to my adulthood.” Barrymore - who is mom to Olive, 2, and Frankie, 9 months - went on to say that she doesn’t regret taking a step back from her acting career since the births of her daughters.

“I love the beauty industry because even on a workday I can wake up with my kids, go to work, come home, bedtime - there’s a normal life there,” the founder of Flower cosmetics explains. “And it’s exciting when you have to go on a business trip, as opposed to a film where you’re gone for months. I can’t do that right now. As you add more onto your plate, particularly family, things have to fall off, or you won’t be a good parent.”