Sheryl Crow didn't become a mother until she was 45, but for the singer, the timing couldn't have been better.
On the "Making Space with Hoda Kotb" podcast, the Grammy winner, now 59, explained that adopting her two sons later in life allowed her to fulfill both her personal and professional goals without making any sacrifices.
"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," she shared. "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."
Crow admitted that for a while, she believed she missed her window of opportunity to become a parent, as she was single and undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
However, her mother told her that if she adopted without a life partner, she would still "have a family around you who will stand at the alter 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,'" the "All I Wanna Do" crooner said. "Families look like all different things."
The superstar believes everything worked out exactly as it should have, and she's now a mom to Wyatt, 14, and Levi, 11.
"You don't get the wrong kids. It just doesn't happen that way. And my kids so clearly not only picked me but picked each other and man, what a cool honor," she gushed. "I tell my kids all the time, 'I am so honored to be your mom.'"
However, her boys still see her as just another run-of-the-mill parent.
"I'n not a cool mom anymore," she quipped, adding that her sons often tell her, "You just don't know, Mom. You don't get it." We beg to differ!