Joanna Gaines Shares Her Best Parenting Advice for Moms

As a mother of five, Joanna Gaines knows a thing or two about parenting. Despite her demanding work schedule, the Fixer Upper star has figured out a way to keep her kids a priority without sacrificing her passions. That said, Joanna Gaines’ parenting advice is not what you’d expect.

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From involving your kids in your work to finding time for yourself, we share Joanna Gaines’ parenting advice for moms, ahead.

Talk to your kids about work

As a working mom, Joanna Gaines is no stranger to her kids begging her to stay home with them. That said, she’s devised an effective way to help her kids understand why she has to go to work. “I explain that I have to work just like they have to go to school,” she writes in a Magnolia blog post. “I also let them know what I’m doing at work that day — whether it’s filming the show or going into the office — and what time I’ll be home,” she adds. “Taking a few seconds to let them in on this other huge part of my life has really helped them understand that mom and dad have a big job to do.”

Let your kids know you’re thinking of them

In addition to talking to her kids about work, she also makes sure that they feel special and connected to her throughout the day — even if she doesn’t get to spend as much time with them as she would like. “I’ll send them a little note in their lunchbox or surprise them and pick them up early from school for a fun date,” writes Joanna.

Find time for yourself

Joanna is not above mom guilt and has been open about her feelings of not doing enough — especially when it comes to the things she is passionate about. “When I was staying home these feelings of ‘not doing enough’ would find their way into my mind,” she writes on her blog. “In that season I spent a lot of time focusing on balance. Nap time was when I got things done. Whether it was folding laundry, prepping dinner, writing my blog or doing design work — that was my time,” she adds. Joanna found that feeding her creativity was one of the best ways to avoid “feelings of discontent” and allow herself to remain “balanced and energized.”

Put the phone away

Despite running many businesses, Joanna tries to keep her phone usage at a minimum — especially around her kids. “When I get home from work I try and leave my phone in the car and make that intentional effort to play and connect face to face with them,” she writes on her blog.

Remind yourself of what’s important

In addition to putting her phone down, she also tries to remind herself of what’s most important. For Joanna, that’s cooking dinner and playing outside with her babies. “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 to cook with me or go play outside,” she shares on her blog. “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,” she adds.

Teach hard work

Joanna doesn’t just tell her kids about her busy work schedule, she encourages them to work, too. Whether it’s partaking in demo day with Chip, helping her out in their family garden, learning how to cook, or selling floral arrangements and baked goods in the Magnolia office, she enjoys teaching her kids about hard work and helping them create a strong work ethic at an early age.

Cherish traditions

Whether you watched her show, read one of her books, or follow her on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed how much Joanna loves tradition. From putting up the same Christmas tree every year to eating breakfast together every morning, she finds joy in creating her family traditions — especially the ones that involve her kids.

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