Celebrity Parents Emily Maynard Johnson Admits She Regrets Daughter Ricki's Appearances on 'The Bachelorette' "I wish that I would've kept [the show] totally separate [from Ricki]," Emily Maynard Johnson tells PEOPLE of her daughter, who's now 12 By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE. A '90s teen and horror film connoisseur, she started at the brand in 2016, after a decade of working as a technical writer and then moonlighting as a journalist beginning in 2013. Originally from New Orleans, Jen grew up both in NOLA and Florida and eventually attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando (still her home base!), where she earned a bachelor's in English/technical communication, with a minor in magazine journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 27, 2017 05:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Emily Maynard Johnson has her hands full as a mom of four, but there was a time in her life when she was just getting adjusted to new parenthood — and admittedly, she would do things a little differently if she could. In a new interview, The Bachelorette alum opened up with PEOPLE’s Celeb Parents Get Real about how she regrets having daughter Ricki, now 12, make appearances on the show. “I wish that I would’ve kept [the show] totally separate [from Ricki],” says Maynard Johnson. “At the time, I thought, ‘This is it,’ and I never would’ve brought her into it had I not thought that.” “So I wish that I maybe would’ve taken a step back,” adds the 31-year-old star. “Maybe sheltered her from that a little bit more.” Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter. Courtesy Emily Maynard Emily Maynard Johnson and daughter Ricki in 2005 RELATED VIDEO: Former Bachelorette Emily Maynard Johnson on Having Three Babies in Two and a Half Years For more coverage, follow our babies magazine on Flipboard. Since welcoming Ricki at the age of 19, Maynard Johnson has given birth to three sons with husband Tyler Johnson: newborn Gatlin Avery, 6 weeks, Gibson Kyle, 15 months, and Jennings Tyler, 2. But the former reality star admits it’s her daughter who still makes her the most emotional. “Ricki is the one that makes me laugh the most [and] she’s probably the one that makes me cry the most,” says Maynard Johnson. “Because I had her when I was 19 and we’ve really grown up together.” She adds, “So to see her becoming a grown-up … I cried like a baby at her lower-school graduation. People thought somebody had died. I was sobbing, ugly crying — it was horrible.” https://www.instagram.com/p/BcxDiBhB-Yb/ FROM PeopleTV: Emily Maynard Johnson Admits She Was Ashamed to Stop Breastfeeding Her Second Son Early Emily Maynard Johnson Thought She’d Be a Single Mom Forever After Broken Bachelor Engagements Although Ricki is the likeliest to elicit tears and giggles from her mama, it’s the star’s oldest son whom she feels she is very much like, personality wise. “Jennings, my 2-year-old, he wants all of his race cars to be clean … I have to get him a water bottle,” Maynard Johnson explains. “He wants them clean, dried off, in a line, in the cabinet, no one can touch it.” “And that is, sad to say, totally me,” she admits.