Katie Holmes insists her number one priority is making sure her daughter knows she's special.

The actress, who has six-year-old daughter Suri with ex-husband Tom Cruise, is a hands-on mother and claims although times have changed the basic principles of parenting remain the same.

She told the April edition of ELLE magazine: ''Children are exposed to so much more than we were, I suppose every generation goes through that feeling of, 'Oh my God, it's so different from how I grew up.''

She added: ''I think the basics are very important: The number one thing is making sure my child feels loved. And good about herself.

''And that what she does and who she is, is special and important, and should be celebrated.''

The 35-year-old star, who was married to actor Tom from 2006 until 2012, says motherhood has changed her outlook on life and she has a lot respect for women.

She said: ''I think all of our experiences bring us to a greater understanding of ourselves and help us realise what is most important.

''That being said, I have three older sisters and one older brother and I went to an all-girls school, and have always been a fan of women.

''I support women and all experiences give you more insight into others, as well as yourself.''

Katie grew up in Ohio with her four siblings and parents Martin and Kathleen and claims she learnt a lot from watching her older sisters growing up.

She said: ''I was pretty lucky ... I'm the youngest of five with three older sisters, so when I was a little girl, I spent a lot of the time in the bathroom just watching them.

''I was intrigued by make-up and my mum was very frank with us and said, 'There are natural beauties in the world, but make-up enhances.''

Her acting career began at an early age when she joined the cast of Dawson's Creek, which aired between 1998 and 2003, and she is thankful she became famous during a time when fans weren't able to use Twitter and Facebook.

She said: ''The world has changed so much since then. Social media, and what people are watching. But I think innocence was one of the draws of the show.

''It was these kids going through first love and heartbreak and growing up and friendships changing. So I'm glad that the innocence still holds up.''