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Britney Spears Says Being a Single Mom Can Be a 'Challenge,' But 'My Kids Come First, Always'

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Though she’s “Godney” to some, when it comes to her two preteen boys, pop princess Britney Spears is just Mom – and that’s how she likes it.

“My kids come first, always,” Spears tells PEOPLE while opening up about her brand-new fragrance, VIP Private Show. “There is nothing more rewarding than being a mom and watching my sons grow into young men.”

Adds the star of Jayden James, 10, and Sean Preston, 11, “I am so lucky that I get to experience all of life’s adventures with them.”

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Spears, 35, shares the boys with ex-husband Kevin Federline, from whom she split in 2007.

Federline and Spears have amicably co-parented for years, but the singer tells PEOPLE 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 says.

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Spears is enjoying every moment she has with Preston and Jayden, sharing, “I love watching them play sports and just running around with them.”

“We have a lot of fun together,” the proud mom says. “We love having a beach day together.”

And she’s focused on raising respectful young men. As the “Slumber Party” songstress tells PEOPLE, “I have always taught them that beauty comes from within.”