Former “Bachelorette” Melissa Rycroft said of mom life — sometimes the struggle is real.

Especially when you make parenting blunders that could have possibly been avoided.

Rycroft, mom of sons Cayson Jack and Beckett Thomas, ages 2 and 4, and daughter Ava Grace, 7, told People she learned the hard way:

“Every child is different.”

In an recent interview for the publication’s Celeb Parents Get Real, Rycroft said the one-size-fits-all approach to raising kids just doesn’t work:

“I took too long realizing that they all need to be parented differently.

I think if I had just taken a moment to be like, ‘Beckett needs something different and Cayson needs something different,’ then I could’ve saved myself a lot of frustration and heartbreak.”

She added:

“I think I would’ve been a better parent.”

However, no parent is perfect, and the mom of three said she also cherishes moments that remind her that she’s doing a good job as a mother. She recalled:

“My single proudest moment was seeing my daughter [be] the one student out of her entire school to be nominated to represent her elementary school in this citywide district.

When she got picked, she was so proud — I could see it.

I was like, ‘Oh my God, that makes me so proud.’”

She added:

“This is one of those moments where I’m like, ‘Maybe I’m doing it right. Maybe I’m not screwing it up, like I feel.’”

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The reality star got engaged to Tye Strickland four months after she broke up with “Bachelor” star Jason Mesnick on national television, according to People.

The couple had their first child in 2011, but Rycroft said she doesn’t really remember her life before motherhood.

She also confessed she’s the strict parent in the household, calling herself “the rule enforcer.”

However, Rycroft would love to play with her kids all day, but unfortunately her husband took on that role.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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