"Try to do everything in moderation, try not to kill all your brain cells, and try to go to class," said the singer

By Jeff Nelson
Updated March 09, 2015 12:40 PM
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Turns out the Material Girl’s maternal instincts are the same as those of most every other mom of a college-age kid.

Madonna sat down with Carson Daly for Monday’s Today show, where she shared the advice she gave her daughter Lourdes before heading to college:

“Try to do everything in moderation, try not to kill all your brain cells, and try to go to class,” said the singer, 56.

Lourdes, 18, attends the University of Michigan, her mom’s alma mater (though Madge dropped out to pursue her pop career).

The singer is set to release her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, on Tuesday. So far it’s gotten generally favorable reviews, but her harshest critics may be her own kids – Lourdes; Rocco, 13; Mercy, 9; and David Banda, 9.

“They’re very opinionated,” said Madonna. “They love all the Diplo tracks.”

The singer says she at least got the stamp of approval from her eldest.

“My daughter Lola, who’s in university now, kept sending me text messages, saying, ‘Mom, can you please text me the Diplo track?’ And I’m like, “The record’s not out yet. No, I can’t send it to you,’ ” said Madonna.

” ‘That track is fire, Mom, please send it to me! Send it to me.’ ”

The second half of Madonna’s interview with Daly will air Tuesday morning on Today.