Britney Spears may be recognized as a pop princess throughout the world, but to her two preteen boys, she’s just mom.
“My kids come first, always,” the 35-year-old told PEOPLE. “There is nothing more rewarding than being a mom and watching my sons grow into young men. I am so lucky that I get to experience all of life’s adventures with them.”
The singer shares two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline: 11-year-old Sean Preston and 10-year-old Jayden James. The couple separated in 2007.
While Spears and Federline have co-parented for years, she added that “the balance between work and my personal life can be a challenge” as a single mom.
“I always do my best to plan my schedule around my family whenever possible,” she said.
Despite her high-profile career, Spears is happily enjoying her role as a parent and wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love watching them play sports and just running around with them,” she said. “We have a lot of fun together. We love having a beach day together.”
As for the biggest lesson she hopes to pass on her children, Spears told the magazine, “I have always taught them that beauty comes from within.”