Ciara opens up about grappling with 'mommy guilt'

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Ciara's toddler, Future, is growing up fast. The adorable 19-month-old tot, whose father is rapper Future, has already been on tour with his talented mommy -- and he's becoming bilingual, learning how to count in Spanish.

Even though her little boy was able to join her on the "Jackie Tour" earlier this year, the 30-year-old singer admits she gets "mommy guilt" when she's away from him.



"I think sometimes I don't want to miss out on whatever cool moment that could happen. Because every day is something new," she told AOL in an exclusive interview.

The star recently spent some quality mommy-son time in on vacation in Mexico. Also in attendance was her beau, Seattle Seahawks quartback Russell Wilson. As for how Wilson's getting along with the tot, the beaming star coyly said:

"I have to say, life at home is pretty sweet. And everything flows very smooth. And I'm very happy."

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It's clear that Future is the singer's No. 1 priority, and she said having a child changed "every aspect of her life in the best way."

"Having a child has made me make more sound decisions and allows me to be way more grounded with everything. Something about having my child just made me way more connected to everything -- knowing what I want and what I don't want. I'm more clairvoyant than I've been about anything."



Though it's tough being away from her "little man," she's said becoming a mother made her even more ambitious to work hard to reach her goals.

"At the same time, I get 'mommy inspired' to go and work harder," she added. "I'm out here trying to reach my goals, and I also just want to make sure my son can truly live life the best way he possibly can. That kind of helps me turn my frown to a smile."

The star, best known for her huge hits "Goodies," "1, 2 Step" and "Oh," may want to give her son the world, but there's one thing she's totally adamant about in raising a young man.

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WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: Recording artist Ciara (R) and Future Zahir Wilburn attends the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images For KCSports2015)
U.S singer Ciara Harris, better known by her stage name Ciara, performs on the second stage at Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, London, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Singer Ciara is seen in Midtown on August 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: Host Russell Wilson (L) and recording artist Ciara attend the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images For KCSports2015)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Singer Ciara attends The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Ciara Harris attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Ciara performs on day 3 of the New Look Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 5, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Ciara performs at the 2014 HYUNDAI / GRAMMY's celebration activation at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Hyundai)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Ciara performs on day 3 of the New Look Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 5, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Ciara walks the runway at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy's fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Go Red)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 05: Singer Ciara attends Safe Kids Day at The Lot on April 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Safe Kids Worldwide)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Ciara attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Recording artists Pharrell Williams (L) and Ciara attend the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Singer Ciara attends the Topshop Topman New York City flagship opening dinner at Grand Central Terminal on November 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 31: Singer Ciara performs at the Gala Event during the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience on October 31, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images for Vogue & The Dubai Mall)
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"I think it's really important, especially of my child being a son, to really truly understand how to be gentleman because the male species is so strong and very capable. So I just want to encourage him to be able to do everything that he desires, but also know how to treat people in the process of achieving his goals."

One way Ciara is teaching her son about compassion is through example. The singer recently teamed up with Unilever in a new social media campaign #ShareAMeal -- with each tweet or Instagram using the hashtag, Unilver has pledged to donate one meal to Feeding America, just in time for the holidays.

"Being a mom, I connect to campaigns like this even deeper considering when I think -- what if my child was the one who didn't have a meal?" she said about the initiative. "The biggest payoff for me of my job is being able to use my voice for moments like this ... And I think you'll feel even better about yourself knowing that just by one tweet and one Instagram post that you put a meal on someone's table."

2015 Share A Meal Program

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