February 15, 2015 10:00 AM

Christina Aguilera shares exclusive first photos of her daughter, Summer Rain, and opens up about how motherhood has changed her life. Subscribe now for instant access to these never-before-seen baby pictures, only in PEOPLE!

It goes without saying that Christina Aguilera is no shrinking violet. So it’s little surprise that she has high hopes that her daughter Summer Rain, 6 months, will grow up embracing her own inner “lioness.”

“I think by having me as a mom she will learn to stand up for herself and others, to work hard and never take no for an answer,” The Voice coach tells PEOPLE in this week’s exclusive cover story.

Elizabeth Messina

Aguilera and fiancé Matt Rutler intend to instill in Summer a powerful sense of self-worth and non-conformity. “One thing I’m very sensitive to is wanting her to always feel that she is good enough!” the singer says.

“I never want her to feel that she need to change herself or her body to fit a stereotype. She’s perfection just how she is.”

And like any mom, she’ll do whatever she can to make Summer — and big brother Max Liron, 7, Aguilera’s son with ex-husband Jordan Bratman — feel protected.

“Most important: I want her to be surrounded by love and grow up feeling safe,” she says. “That’s something I didn’t have when I was lying and something I have been very vocal about providing for my children.”

Elizabeth Messina

For PEOPLE‘s exclusive family photos and more of Aguilera’s interview, pick up the latest issue of the magazine, on newsstands now

— Elizabeth Leonard

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