Taking care of a child is no easy feat, so just imagine how tough it would be to do it on your own. Celebrity vlogger and former actress Melissa Ricks, a single mom to a four year-old daughter, Kiera, knows the feeling all too well after opening up about her struggles in an emotional post last year.

In an interview with SmartParenting.com.ph, Melissa admits that while her pregnancy was unexpected, she has always considered it a blessing. “I was scared at first—I was the baby of the family, and I didn’t know how I would handle being a mother, but I think it’s a learning process being a mom,” she shares.

Melissa's motherhood journey has become an open book since she began vlogging, and netizens get a peek into her life. “It’s a good way for me to express myself and show the people my real life [and] the things that I am interested in. Parang ‘me’ behind the camera,” she says.

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Her “raw and real” vlogs have resonated with single moms, many of whom send her comments and messages to share they are going through the same things as her. Melissa says she makes sure to read and answer their questions as much as she can. She reminds many that each family and their children are different, so you can’t compare your parenting style with others.

Watch Melissa share more about her life as a single mom and the lessons she wants to impart to her daughter, Kiera, in the video by SmartParenting.com.ph below.

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This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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