Joanna Gaines Shares 3 Tips for Spending Quality Family Time Together at Home

Joanna Gaines has been sharing tons of positive, uplifting content with her fans while everyone is home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. From cooking demonstrations to faux book signings, the 41-year-old renovation queen knows how to inspire fun and laughter during troubling times.

Gaines has shared some great parenting advice over the years and recently, she sat down with Sara Haines of ABC News to discuss some great tricks for keeping families happy, healthy, and productive while they’re stuck at home.

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Joanna Gaines offered a few tips for family bonding at home

Even though they don’t have a television at home, the Gaines kids have all been keeping busy and making memories on their 40-acre Waco farm while sheltering at home. The former Fixer Upper host explained some of the specific ways they’re all getting along and making the best of life right now.

“We’re all experiencing it a little different, depending on where we’re at,” Gaines told Haines via video call. “I’ve loved…just getting in the kitchen and making something.”

Her words were not the least bit surprising. Over the past couple of weeks, the Magnolia Table cookbook author has shared multiple recipes and mini cooking demos, including reveals of some of her favorite family dishes from her newest cookbook.

Gaines also participated in a Food Network special called In the Kitchen with Joanna Gaines.

The Gaines family has been getting outside and gardening

When she’s not whipping up delicious meals in the kitchen, you can find Gaines and her five kids spending time outside on the farm. Even though they can’t go out and participate in activities, she and her brood are taking advantage of fresh air and sunshine when they can.

Gaines is well-known for her love of growing plants and recommends creating a small garden even if you don’t have a ton of space. “A lot of people say hey, we don’t have a garden — even if it’s on your terrace, creating something,” she said during the interview.

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She’s also expressing herself through the written word

The third activity Gaines is spending time on is writing down how she’s feeling.

“Journaling has been really important for me. Just again, in times like this… I tend to internally process a lot of things, and just getting those thoughts out on paper… getting it all out has been really healthy for my mind,” she told Haines. “To me, it’s just doing something.”

Most of all, the former HGTV host is trying to see this time of life as a time for personal growth and reflection.

“The silver lining in all this is the gift of time,” Gaines mused. “I know that there’s gonna be days where I feel like I’ve wasted a lot of that, but I hope, at the end of all this, that a lot of these moments were moments that felt like gifts.”

It sounds like a healthy approach that’s easy enough for fans to copy, whether quarantined or not.