The 1 Thing Joanna Gaines Always Does to Make Mother’s Day Special

Joanna Gaines makes motherhood look easy.

With four kids (plus one on the way) and several thriving businesses and side projects, Joanna still manages to take time for gardening with her kids, cooking food from scratch, and playing around on the farm. Somehow, she’s able to let her four children play around and be kids, but still teaches them responsibility and the value of hard work. If anyone deserves the title of supermom, it’s Joanna Gaines.

Despite her superior parenting skills, Joanna isn’t one to brag or boast. In fact, she has some pretty solid advice (page 5) and encouragement for moms in all stages of life, including how she really thrives as a busy working mom and the one thing she does that makes Mother’s Day extra special.

She treasures the small moments

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She loves the simplest actions. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Most of motherhood isn’t about grand gestures — it’s about appreciating those small, special moments. Joanna Gaines is notorious for taking the time to appreciate the little things, like when Chip had the kids went around the table to say what they appreciated about their mom. Sometimes the simplest actions are the most heartfelt.

Next: This is how she keeps holidays special.

She has treasured traditions

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She values holiday traditions. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Like many families, the Gaineses celebrate holidays like Mother’s Day with time-honored traditions. From the special tree she puts up at Christmas to the huge breakfast she makes from scratch for each kid’s birthday, Joanna puts a huge value on traditions for important occasions.

Next: She always does this one thing, holiday or not.

She goofs around and has fun

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She keeps things light. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

One thing Joanna Gaines never does? Takes life too seriously. Chip may have the reputation of resident goofball, but Joanna also partakes in silliness all the time by staging dance parties and tickle fights. That’s probably one of the reasons her kids think she’s a cool mom.

Next: Not all parents do this on holidays, but Joanna does.

She bends the rules

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She knows when it’s important to break the rules. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Having rules for your kids is important — but so is breaking them every once in a while. Mother’s Day is the ideal time to let go and break a few family rules.

Next: This is how she manages to keep Mother’s Day stress-free.

She doesn’t put too much pressure on herself

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She knows how to let things go. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

The best advice Joanna has for moms on Mother’s Day? Let things go, and realize they’re doing enough. It can be easy to get caught up in the trap of trying to be a “perfect” mom, but that doesn’t exist.

Joanna shared a personal letter about Mother’s Day on her blog. It said, “I hope you feel so loved and celebrated this Mother’s Day. And no matter what season you find yourself in, just know that you are doing enough, and you are loved and appreciated.”

Next: This is the place she’s most likely to go on Mother’s Day.

She spends time outside

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She values the outdoors. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Joanna Gaines isn’t called the plant lady for nothing. She knows the value of spending time outside, and it’s almost guaranteed that her Mother’s Day celebration this year will include outdoor activities on the farm, tinkering in her greenhouse, and eating a good meal in the sunshine.

As Joanna explains in her letter, “Even when I’m tired at the end of a long day, it’s fuel to see the look in their eyes when I ask them [the kids] to cook with me or go play outside. As a mom, sometimes I have to change my mindset and remind myself what’s important. I only have so many hours a day to spend with these sweet, little people. And they won’t be little forever. So I get up and keep moving.”

Next: Here’s why perfect doesn’t exist in Joanna’s world.

She makes a mess

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She doesn’t mind a little mess. | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Joanna Gaines isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. Whether it’s digging in the dirt or cooking in the kitchen, she’s perfectly content to get a little messy (and let her kids get dirty, too).

It’s all just part of being a mom — and having a happy Mother’s Day!

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