Music legend Sheryl Crow adores being a mother.
Crow, who lives in Nashville with sons who are 11 and 14, revealed to Hoda Kotb how her pre-teens don’t exactly think she is a “cool mom.”
Allegedly, her kids say, “You just don’t know Mom. You don’t get it.” But regardless, Crow says she is honored to be their mom.
“You don’t get the wrong kids. It just doesn’t happen that way,” on the latest episode of the podcast “Making Space with Hoda Kotb.” And my kids so clearly not only picked me but picked each other and man, what a cool honor,” she said. “I tell my kids all the time, ‘I am so honored to be your mom.'”
Crow was 45 when she adopted her first son, and 48 when she adopted her second. And now, aged 59-years-old, she says her age helps her be a level-headed parent.
“I had the gift of getting a lot of things out of my system before I had my kids, or before I got my kids. So there wasn’t anything that I felt like I was missing,” Sheryl said. “If I stayed home and something was going on I just didn’t feel like I was missing anything, that I wanted to be anywhere else, and that’s a gift.”
In fact, it was her own mother who suggested that Sheryl have babies on her own, after breaking up with Lance Armstrong and undergoing breast cancer treatments.
Sheryl’s mother said if she adopted, “you have a family around you who will stand at the [altar] with you at baptism and say, ‘We are his community, or her community.'”
“The story I was telling myself limited what I thought I could have, until somebody stepped in and said, ‘Wait a minute, your story doesn’t have to look like your mom and dad’s story,'” she said. “Families look like all different things.”
Next year, Showtime is releasing a documentary about Crow that will show how she got started in music as a 25-year-old teacher as well as the sexual harassment she battled early in her career. She said sitting for interviews for the documentary was “very emotional and very exhausting.”
“I always feel like those things should come out after you’re dead and gone,” she laughed. “So I’m hoping I’m not ushering in like the back nine of my life.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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