09/09/2008 AT 3:00 PM ET
CORRECTION: PEOPLE.com’s Sept. 5 story below incorrectly paraphrased Teri Hatcher’s column for the British Glamour magazine. As she wrote in her column, Hatcher’s advice to have "great sex … (and) eat the chocolate" were statements she feared she would make in a frantic state, and did not reflect her real advice. "That’s not what I wanted my daughter to know, at all," Hatcher wrote, before listing her more thoughtful suggestions, such as "Give love," "Be honest," "Work hard," and "Enjoy yourself." PEOPLE.com recommends reading the original Glamour article and apologizes for the error.
Teri Hatcher has motherly advice for her daughter – and the Desperate Housewives star is only too eager to share it.
“Have great sex [and] eat the chocolate,” the single mom advises 10-year-old Emerson – and the general reading public – in Hatcher’s October column for Britain’s Glamour magazine.
Other pointers: “Don t sit on public toilet seats and make sure to floss. Life’s too short to stress; you’ll be able to get past anything difficult; the sun will rise tomorrow; you are beautiful; you are lovable.”
Describing herself as “43-year-old somewhat successful but still flawed and fragile woman,” Hatcher also confesses to a little self-help handiwork – she’s made herself a “goal board” to which she adds every night.
“It’s basically a collage of images of things you want to achieve in your life – all written, glued or drawn onto a big piece of paper,” she says.
Among the sample entries are “Don’t eat after 7 p.m.” and ‘Dance like a teenager.”
Says a newly goal-oriented Hatcher: “Against all my well-honed cynical beliefs, it’s actually working!”
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