At Home with Britney Spears and Her Boys

03/25/2015 at 08:00 AM ET

Britney Spears opens up about raising sons, date nights with her new man, and whether she’ll marry again. Subscribe now for an inside look at the popstar’s life now, plus exclusive at-home photos, only in PEOPLE.

A hit Las Vegas show. Two happy, rambunctious boys. A hot new boyfriend who adores her. In short: life for Britney Spears has never been better.

“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been,” Spears, 33, tells PEOPLE in this week’s exclusive at-home cover story.

While her long-running Planet Hollywood residency is a big hit — the show has grossed nearly $50 million in ticket sales in a little more than a year — the superstar’s true passion is being a mother to Sean Preston, 9, and Jayden James, 8. “My kids come first in my life, bottom line,” says Spears, who shares parenting duties with her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.

As a hands-on mom, Spears has a lengthy to-do list: play dates, soccer games, gymnastics lessons and up to three hours of homework a night. “Homework is a priority,” she says. “We have a reward system that helps motivate them: if they get so many As, they get one toy a month.”

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As the boys grow into “little men,” Spears is relishing their evolving personalities.

“Preston is very opinionated, very expressive, and if he doesn’t like something, he’s going to tell you,” she says. “But he has a huge heart, he’s a good kid and he has manners … Jayden is sweet, very soft-spoken, kinda funny. He’s adorable — a momma’s boy.”

Recently, the kids have taken on chores, including washing off their plates, taking out the trash and helping the family’s three dogs, and Spears is mulling giving them an allowance. “Preston just asked for a high allowance – like $10 a week or $20 a week – but we’ll see!” she says.

Spears’ boyfriend, producer Charlie Ebersol, 32, also pitches in with the kids – and the boys adore him. “They relate to him really well and they have fun together,” says Spears, who started dating Ebersol about six months ago. “He’s refreshing to be around and really light-hearted.”

With her career on a roll – her new single, a collaboration with Iggy Azalea, drops on May 5 – and her family thriving, Spears says she’s in a “real good place” in her life. She says, “I’m very blessed.”

For more of Spears’s exclusive interview and to see our at-home photo shoot, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Elizabeth Leonard

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Jamie on

That’s so good to hear. Good on you Brit. You give me (someone with a mental illness) hope that things get better.

Lia on

So happy for her. I was worried for awhile, but with her family’s love and support she made it through just fine.

Ceecee on

I’m happy to hear this. I’ve always rooted for Britney and I felt so bad for her during her breakdown. She’s living proof that you can overcome all your battles. I especially admire her because like what Zoe Saldana previously said, Britney’s never been the type to talk smack about other celebrities just to gain publicity. I really wish her well and her boys are so adorable.

Nancy on

Goosebumps. GOOD for you Britney!! I am very happy for you!

Jacquie on

Happy how she has turned her life around. Very proud of her.

amyinoaktown on

Happy she made it through tough period…her boys are beautiful.

Missy on

Shes doing fantastic! What a great mom. Good for her

S.M. on

Happy to see her and her adorable boys looking terrific!

mike on

Good for her

Jamie on

Yeah!!! This girl deserves the best! So glad she is so happy! I love you, britney! I’ll see you in two weeks!

Dan on

It is refreshing to see how she is actually teaching her children responsibilities through chores. Other celebrities spoil theirs. Good to see she has priorities in check.

Lisa on

So happy for her. She has been through a lot and it’s great to see her smiling and living a real life with her boys… other celebrity parents should take note!

Texas Gal on

Wow! She has come a long way and she and her boys look so happy. So glad that she and Kevin co-parent their children and it seems to be quite amicable. Wishing her and her boys much happiness!

maryhelenc on

She looks so happy & the boys are so handsome. Kudos to her & Kevin for raising such wonderful boys!

I know people trash Kevin, but he really stepped up when Britney broke down. The boys are with him most of the time. He’s never badmouthed her. He always praises her parenting. I think we misjudged him.

I’m so glad Britney has come so far. She deserves all the happiness in the world.

Bruno on

I´m very happy for her, she deserves to be happy around the people she loves. And glad to know she is still coming out with music, hope she does well and that the song is good

ceecee on

She looks good. She has grown up and that can’t be easy being in the huge spotlight she is under.

Kind of sad that she seems to be closer to Jayden. I’ve noticed for years she favors him. This picture shows that too.

dancer92136 on

I really love the person she has become.

rker321 on

I am just wondering as to why she still needs a conservator.

rker321 on

I am just wondering as to why she still needs a conservator. I am happy for her.

bkable on

Her boys are adorable!!
I’m also rooting for Britney! Glad to see her survive ’07 and is better than ever!

PATRICIA on

Britney’s boys are beautiful. I hope that she they are happy and healthy.

Charlotte on

Happy how she made it through a tough period and turned her life around. Britney is doing fantastic, what a great mom!

libba on

Good job brit….I’m so happy to hear that

Hina on

I’ve always loved her and am so thrilled to see this magazine cover and interview. She made it through a terrible, dark period and is in a really good place now. I wish for nothing more than her continued happiness. I’m so happy for her, I could cry!

smithy on

You can’t help but root for Britney Spears. Her boys are adorable.

smithy on

CeeCee…..what a bold statement to make about someone’s parenting and what child they favor—when you’ve never met her or her children. Shame on you.

Chris on

Since the David breakup, Britney’s looked happier and healthier than she has in ages. So happy for her.

yahoo on

It’s good that she is finally back on track, because her choice of men is horrendous. Kevin fat Federline pleeese.

Alex on

CeeCee…..
Jayden is a huge mama’s boy. Preston is more independent. Just because Jayden clings to Britney more doesn’t mean she loves Preston any less.

Hea on

I am so very very happy for her and for her boys. There was a time when I honestly thought she’d end up dead somewhere.

arabrabbra on

Her boys are adorable, she is gorgeous, and her man seems like a really great guy. Wish her nothing but the best.

Baltazar on

Wowza!She looks amazing and life seems great. Really excited for the new single. Picking this issue up Friday.

Louee on

I’m so glad to see her doing so well. Britney has been my favorite celeb since she first came out, so I’ve seen her go through ups and downs. She always rises back to the top and is a huge inspiration to me. I hope for her continued success and happiness. And I’m ALL about this new single that’s coming out in May!

Lizzie on

I’ve always liked Britney, flaws and all. I’m glad she’s doing well and happy. She deserves it after all the difficulties of past years. I also hope she’ll marry him soon.

Mandy on

Beautiful cover! I’m so happy to see Britney doing well for herself after everything she has been through and kudos to her and Kevin for being able to successfully co-parent their sons. They’ve done a great job. their boys look happy, healthy and grounded.

Carrie M on

Her father was her knight in shining armor! I’m so happy to see her doing so well!

Kristen on

It seems she’s keeping her boys grounded. That’s impressive for a celeb. Good for her!

kaye on

3 hours of homework???!! My kids are the same age….seems excessive.

tasha mamani on

Say what you want about her, but I have to say, she’s come a long way! I’m happy she’s happy and in a good place. We all need that and we’re all entitled to it.

I’m still working on that.

klutzy_girl on

It’s so sad what a money making robot she turned out to be….

gymluv on

This is heart warming to read. I give a lot of credit to her but also to her dad who stepped up, spoke up, tackled the tough stuff and fought for his daughter’s life. It must have been a very tough thing to do and it is awesome to see her overcome and succeed in life.

ceecee on

Smithy and Alex, it’s ‘ceecee’. There is another ‘Ceecee’ here too.

My comment is based on pictures I have always seen. I didn’t say she loves one son more, I said she favors Jayden. The pictures speak volumes in that direction. How does one become a ‘mama’s boy’? With more attention and coddling. Look back at all the many, many pictures. When the boys were much younger, 90% of the time she is carrying Jayden, pushing his stroller, holding his hand, while Preston is held etc. by someone else. It’s an observation I have noticed for years.

Shame on you for criticizing me for my comments. That wasn’t very nice. You don’t know me.

sam on

Cute boys. Good job Britney and her family that never gave up on her.

She does seem closer to Jayden than Sean Preston. With boys so close in age you have to wonder how. Both were babies at the same time.

fromceecee on

I didn’t say she loves one child more, I said she favors Jayden. Look back at pictures when the boys were smaller. Most of them show Britney carrying, pushing the stroller, holding hands with Jayden, while Preston is being carried etc. by somone else. Look at the photo here. How does one child become that ‘mama’s boy’? From extra attention and coddling. It’s an observation from pictures I have noticed over the years.
And shame on you Smithy for saying such things about me…you have never met me.

fromceecee on

PEOPLE…why are my comments being moderated? I haven’t called anyone names, used curse words or even provoked a fight. Can one not have their decent, respectful opinion here? I have seen far, far worse go unchecked on here.
Please email me a reply.
Thank you

LILY on

I agree with her, Jayden seems a momma’s boy just like my younger son❤

jjmf9179 on

So happy for Britney and her sons. The three of them look very happy. She’s overcome some rough obstacles and I believe they made her a much stronger person. She seems to be a real common sense mom. I like that, I like that a lot…….proud of you Britney. Keep on shining. !!!!!!!

Mike on

How can you not love Britney Spears? She will always be America’s sweetheart.

Sarah on

i’ve always been a fan of hers im so glad to see that she is in a good place good for you britney

Grace on

So glad to hear she’s doing so well now. Her boys are so handsome and grown up looking. They’ve grown up so fast…

Vera on

What an AMAZING comeback and she is still going strong. Says a lot about how strong she is. I want to hear her collaboration with Iggy and her family is beautiful.

L on

So happy for her….she was really in a terrible place. Love, health & happiness looks great on you Brit!!

Kathy on

I am so moved. It is such a wonderful thing to see how far this young woman has come. I hope some of the other troubled young ones see it can be done! I’ll be Team Brittany for sure!

Pitbull Lover on

I liked Britney and I still do, but it is both her mother and ex husband that I have a hard time getting over. I have never liked her mom. her mother is as bad as Kardashian’s mom (financially preys on her daughter) and then turned on her which I believe caused Britney ti have that melt down.

Pitbull Lover on

I like Britney but I can’t get passed her mother.

Goz on

So happy seeing her doing so good last few years. Proud of her.

Anonymous on

Adorable picture. Congrats!

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