Joanna Gaines Reveals How She Juggles Work and Kids — ‘For Me, Balance Does Not Exist’

At last, we have our answer. Fixer Upper fans have been wondering for years how Joanna Gaines somehow manages to handle multiple business ventures, being a good partner, raising five children, running a farm, and somehow looks exceptional doing it. She admitted in a recent issue of Magnolia Journal that this is the single question she gets asked most often.

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“There are a handful of questions I get asked on a consistent basis,” she said in the article. “Most center on our work. Some our marriage and our family. And equally common is the question of how we manage to balance it all at the same time.” 

In case you thought she was superhuman (we’ve had our suspicions), that’s not exactly true. But one thing Joanna does is ignore the common belief that you can’t have it all. Clearly, she can. And does.

Joanna Gaines admitted that being a working mom is challenging

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It’s refreshing how Joanna Gaines doesn’t pretend that work/life balance is somehow simple to achieve. She may make it look easy, but in reality, she’s struggling just like the rest of us. The only difference is that she has a bit more flexibility in making changes since she’s the one running the businesses.

Her lifestyle empire includes a retail emporium, multiple books, a magazine, a real estate agency, and her soon-to-be-released television network. But when it comes to striking a balance of time between all those demands and raising her kids, there is no equality. “For me, balance does not exist,” she explained in the article.

Joanna Gaines gave up trying to separate work and home life

In Joanna Gaines’ world, there’s no such thing as a separation of work and home. Instead, she seamlessly blends the two so her kids are involved in her workspace and her work comes home sometimes.

“I decided that balance is way too meticulous a science to get just right in my daily life, and that it wasn’t something I was very interested in for myself,” she said. “In its place, I sought wholeness for my family and for my work.”

She’s given up trying to give each half of her life equal time.

“In our current season of life, which has both Chip and me putting in a lot of hours at the office, wholeness looks like having our kids right there with us,” she continued. “In and around where we work, I’ve carved out intentional spaces for them to spend their afternoons after school.” 

Joanna Gaines is happy with her life right now

In a recent office remodel, Joanna Gaines incorporated son Crew’s highchair into the conference room. She’s been open about how many days he comes with her to the office, plus doesn’t pretend to leave work at work when the day is done.

“I’ve found that something miraculous happens when I make space for both: Each is made better by the other,” Gaines says. “My work is undoubtedly more inspired when my kids can be a part of it, and I’m a better mom when my passion for creativity plays a role in how I parent.” 

It’s obvious Joanna Gaines is doing a fantastic job at both!