It was first performed on May 24, 2011 American Idol final performance show and it was well-received on the show - judge Randy Jackson said "I love how at the end it was the Lauren we grew to love in Nashville", Jennifer Lopez said "It was a tight race, but with that song you may have just won" and Steven Tyler said "America will find it to be true, you're it in my eyes".
After the final performance show, her recording of "Like My Mother Does" was released as a single on May 25, 2011.
Alaina continued the promotion of the song by performing it during her Grand Ole Opry debut on June 10, 2011.
The music video premiered on August 8, 2011 on CMT. The video is set in a country house with Alaina in different rooms singing the song, while different photos and home videos are shown of her growing up. The video goes from when she was little until now, with her mother always by her side. Her mother makes an appearance in the video as well.