GLAMOUR: You shouldn’t feel guilty about not going to the gym every single day.
BS: It isn’t fun [for me], so to do it every day would be horrible. Three days a week is cool, even two. It makes me feel good and feel like I’ve done something. It’s important to take care of your body.
GLAMOUR: What was it like for you when Jamie Lynn [Spears’ sister] had a baby?
BS: It was mind-boggling!
GLAMOUR: Do you have advice for her?
BS: As a mother, the one thing that always goes through your head is, You’re never enough. You never can be enough—or do enough—for your kids. It’s a never-ending issue for me. I had to learn: Don’t beat yourself up so much…. You have to take it one day at a time, do the best that you can and enjoy yourself. I notice that if there are some times I’ve been stressed, because I’m human and stress about things, that affects your kids. So you have to make sure you’re a happy mom so they can be happy.
GLAMOUR: What do you plan to teach your boys about how to treat women?
BS: Hopefully they will respect me by the way I carry myself, and in doing that, they will know how to respect other women.
GLAMOUR: How do you feel about the example you’ve been setting?
BS: We have a nanny in the house, but there are always times when one of my kids does something bad or wrong and they’ll listen to me more than they do the nanny. So I think it’s important to set up that boundary of respect for them at a young age, so they will know, I better listen to Mommy.
GLAMOUR: If there’s one thing that you want them to remember your telling them, what would it be?
BS: That I love them unconditionally.
GLAMOUR: Everyone seems to have an idea of what you are like. What does everybody get wrong about you?
BS: I don’t like going out. I hate clubs. I hate being around too many people. I love my home and staying in bed and watching Dancing With the Stars or reading a Danielle Steel novel. I’m kind of boring.
GLAMOUR: Did you say you’re kind of boring? I think people will be really happy to hear that! How do you envision your life five or 10 years from now?
BS: I would love to have a lot of albums under my belt. And a couple of movies…. In five years I would like to be married and have a father figure for my kids, someone who is a provider and can be really stable. It’s hard doing it on your own.
GLAMOUR: Who understands you most?
BS: Probably my mom. We butt heads the most, but we understand each other the most too. It’s a weird thing.
GLAMOUR: This is appearing in our January issue, and that’s when we all make resolutions. After everything that’s gone on, what will some of yours be?
BS: I would like to stop worrying so much, because I worry all the time. And to learn how to be happier, just in general. I have to learn to take things not so seriously. And to stop biting my nails!… Recording this album has helped take my mind off certain things. For me, my music is therapy.
GLAMOUR: How do you feel about the tradition of New Year’s resolutions?
BS: I end up breaking them. It’s hard.