She opens up about her life lessons in the new issue of Good Housekeeping.

“Motherhood, marriage, it’s a balancing act – especially when you have a job you consider rewarding. It’s the best kind of challenge,” says Streep.

She also discusses how she never “parades” her family in front of the media.

“Robert Redford taught me that when they were babies. ‘They are not your props.’ I really admired the way he protected his family. It’s something I consciously emulated.”