Joanna Gaines’ Parenting Habits Everyone Should Try

Joanna Gaines is good at a lot of things. How else could someone with no professional design experience become one of the most beloved and emulated interior design influences in modern times?

But fans don’t just love Joanna Gaines because she can transform any drab space into a chic modern farmhouse. She’s also popular because she’s such an obviously happy wife and mother who seems to have her act together.

Even though the Gaineses just added a fifth child to the mix, they still appear perfectly content. How is it possible? Well, it turns out there are very specific parenting methods that Joanna uses to keep her life as peaceful as possible. Here’s how she does it.

Joanna Gaines son

Joanna Gaines | Joanna Gaines via Facebook

She’s a self-described strict parent

Contrary to popular belief, a strict parent isn’t necessarily a mean parent. Kids thrive and feel a greater sense of security when they have healthy boundaries. Joanna Gaines must know this because she and her husband Chip describe themselves as stricter-than-average parents.

“I don’t even know what’s gonna happen when the girls start asking to wear makeup, but we keep telling our kids they don’t get a phone until they go off to college,” Joanna told People.

The Gaineses reject most modern technology

It’s surprising to most people that the Gaines family don’t own a television – despite the fact that they used to have a hit show on HGTV.

“I think I’m like, a quarter Amish,” Chip said. “I’ve got some glitch in me [where] I don’t like normal technological advances.”

Joanna agreed that she prefers the kids to engage in old-fashioned playtime rather than get lost in technology.

“It’s funny, I’m a little more laid back than I thought I’d be,” Joanna told People. “[There are] certain things that I really care about, but I think the funny part, with Chip, is just the video games, the TV. That’s where he kinda gets a little strict. It’s, ‘You go play outside.’”

They keep things simple

Chip and Joanna Gaines have shared numerous photos of the inside of their house. One thing you won’t see there? Mountains of toys and games.

Studies show that the fewer toys your kids have, the more likely they are to play with those toys. Giving kids a clutter-free space to let their imaginations run wild inspires more creativity, deeper interactions, and better problem-solving skills, too.

 Joanna takes time to be silly

Chip Gaines and his four kids with Joanna as superheroes

Chip Gaines and his four kids with Joanna as superheroes | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Just because Joanna appreciates the value of rules it doesn’t mean the Gaines household is all work and no play. Both parents take time out to be silly with their kids by engaging in games, impromptu dance parties, and tons of other fun activities. And since laughter has positive benefits for both adults AND kids, it probably helps her be a more laid-back mom, too.

She knows when to bend the rules

Some rules don’t need to be followed all the time – like when a late-night came of baseball in the backyard runs past bedtime. Joanna Gaines understands the value in being realistic about sticking to schedules and rules. She knows when to remain firm – and when to just let it go.

The Gaines teach their kids to work hard

Living on a farm isn’t easy. There are animals to feed, stalls to clean, and endless other household tasks that all members of the family take part in. But learning the value of a hard day’s work is one parenting trick that will serve kids well in the future.

Kids who are given age-appropriate chores learn responsibility from a young age. This helps them grow into more responsible and self-sufficient adults.

Most importantly, she shows them love

Joanna Gaines and daughter

Joanna Gaines and her daughter | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Hugs, cuddles, and plenty of physical affection are essential to a child’s emotional development. Joanna Gaines showers her children with snuggle and physical touch, which helps them feel their mother’s love in a real and tangible way.

Want to be just like Joanna? Take the time to hug your children every day and tell them how much you love them.