“I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside…”

The words of the late Whitney Houston are emblazoned on our culture, especially in the wake of her untimely passing. Today’s Hot Mom Monday actually looks at things a little differently. Sometimes, your kids will show YOU the beauty you possess inside.

In honor of Valentine’s Day and the unforgettable messages Whitney has delivered for decades, here’s a little story from Hot Mom Tina Seitzinger about one of her great loves, and unlocking the beauty inside.

As mothers, our lives can be quite hectic from taking care of the children, running errands, cooking and cleaning, and at the end of the day there isn’t much time left over for ourselves. By the time the evening rolls around and I wrestle my kids into bed, I’m beat.

The other day I sat down after the kids were fast asleep and tried to remember the last time I got dressed up and put some make-up on, but I couldn’t remember! The next morning I got up extra early, jumped in the shower, put some makeup on and traded in my yoga pants for something nicer.

I felt so great and energized and realized I really need to make this part of my morning routine. I felt like such a girl again, and not just one of the boys!

Then, this past weekend I was getting ready for a night out with my girlfriends while my 5 year old laid on my bed watching one of his favorite shows. As I was getting ready to leave my room and head downstairs, he jumped off the bed and grabbed my hand.

“Mom you look so pretty today,” he said.

I was completely blown away! He has never said that to me before.

“Really, that is so sweet of you to say that to Mommy.”

“I really like that blue dress, it’s beautiful on you,” he continued.

I stood there for a few seconds, in complete shock.

The look on my son’s face, made me tear up. His blue eyes sparkled and he had the sweetest smile on his face.

He opened his arms and gave me the biggest hug.

There is nothing like your son telling you that you look pretty. Even if he is only 5 years old, I still believed it.

At that one moment I felt absolutely beautiful!

More on Tina: Tina is a wife, mom of two very active little boys and the voice behind Life Without Pink, a blog inspired by her boys and the endless quest for survival in a testosterone filled world. Tina is on a mission this year and focusing on one word: GROWTH. She is challenging herself to grow personally and take time out of her busy schedule to reconnect with herself. She truly feels that we need to feed our soul to help maximize our full potential and to feel happier and more fulfilled.

Tina is also the co-founder of Girls’ Lunch Out {GLO}, a networking group formed to give women in social media a place to connect, learn and share ideas all over lunch! When not writing, tweeting or socializing online, she can be found trying a new recipe of the week, watching bad reality TV or playing Super Heroes with her two boys.

Moms, do you have a story of when your kid made you feel beautiful and loved? Please share below!

Rest in peace, Whitney Houston, and thank you for the music and lyrics that will live on forever.