Former Spice Girl Mel C collected the Tesco Celebrity Mum of the Year award at The Savoy hotel in central London yesterday.
The singer said she was "really chuffed" with the prize, but admitted she does enjoy spending time away from her 4-year-old daughter Scarlet.
"Going to work sometimes is like a little bit of a break. Nothing is as hard as entertaining children all day long and taking care of them," she said.
The 39-year-old mum-of-one, who will travel to Australia later this year to perform in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar, said balancing a career with being a mum does create issues: "It brings a whole new set of problems with the jigsaw puzzle of childcare and the guilt you feel from being away.
"So that's interesting and it's something you're constantly working on, getting the balance right," she added.
The star was one of seven women who picked up an award. The ceremony will be shown on Channel 5 on Mother's Day, next Sunday.