There’s been a lot of controversy on the Internet about casting for a Wonder Woman, but if we had to pick anyone from Bachelor Nation for the role, Emily Maynard would be a sure bet. The 27-year-old West Virginia native has been making a home with daughter Ricki like a champ, and the Bachelorette shared her tips for making holiday memories on your own.

Honestly, for the first couple years after Ricki was born, it was really hard for me to get into the whole holiday spirit,” Em tells Charlotte Parent. “Any mom will tell you that it’s easier to be the child than the parent at the holidays, and I also just had this heaviness in my heart every holiday season.” But Emily says that once Ricki got a little older, she passed on her own mom’s traditions.

Fans know the story of how Ricki’s father and Emily’s fiancé, racecar driver Ricky Hendrick, died in a plane crash eight years ago. A few days later, she found out she was pregnant, and though she’s had plenty of help from both sets of Ricki’s grandparents, she’s not superhuman.

“It’s hard because it’s all on you, it’s a lot of pressure,” Emily says of trying to lay out presents and make holidays special for her daughter, adding that her own parents would trade off jobs. “It’s hard to do as a single parent.”

One of the traditions her mom started that she’s found easier to pass on is a pretty great one, especially for a jewelry-designing fashionista. “Every year, my mom would hide a ring in an ornament on the tree. Then, for my 16th birthday she had all of them put on a charm bracelet. So I’ve been doing that with Ricki.”

There’s no doubt that it’s tough to be a single parent, and even though Emily makes it look easy, it’s nice to know that she’s had her share of struggles, just like anyone else. If we could handle half the things she does with such grace, we’d be pretty set. And Emily says a lot of what she has to thank for that is her faith.

What helps you get through the holiday season? What traditions have you passed on to your own kids?

Source: Charlotte Parent


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