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Katie Holmes on raising daughter Suri to be a good person: 'I listen to her'

By Donna Freydkin

For a while, Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri, now 11, were regular tabloid fodder and Holmes got tons of mom-judging. But Holmes said she's never lost focus on job No. 1 for every parent: "Raise good humans."

I do a lot to put perspective on life," Holmes told TODAY.com in an interview. "We help out the homeless. We do small acts of kindness. Again, its a daily thing. I dont over-gift. I dont inundate my child with a lot of things. Were trying to raise go

Plus, shes teaching Suri effort is what matters.

We just focus on what shes passionate about and how you feel when you achieve your goals. Be true to your sense of opinions. I listen to her. Its a daily thing. I try to reward her for her hard work, and not necessarily the results of the hard work, she said.

But, quips Holmes, I also demand a 100 on a spelling test!

Shes kidding. Another thing Holmes isnt too fixated on: a Dawsons Creek reunion. The dreamy show premiered in January 1998, and launched the careers of both Holmes and Michelle Williams, whose character died of cancer. So getting the gang back together isnt really much of an option.

Weve all talked about that. The show was nostalgic when we made it. Lets leave something where it was, said Holmes.

Holmes is prepping to direct another movie, and is promoting Nom Nums Snackables, a series of collectible cereal bowls featuring the scented characters.

I have a little niece whos this age and they love all this stuff, she said. I love that kids are using their hands. Its fun.

On the fashion front, Holmes is changing her look again.

She debuted a pixie cut in October. In person, its messily perfect and suits her impeccably. But, the actress said that you always want what you don't have.

I miss my long hair. We all go through that. As soon as you chop it, you wonder, what happened? she said.

So, shes growing her own hair back out. For now, said Holmes, I wear a lot of hats. Obviously I dont wear it in a bun every day, which is what I used to do. I shower and go.