From 2013 to 2018, millions of viewers invited Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines and their kids into their homes as episodes of their HGTV show became one of the network’s most popular series. Although Fixer Upper is no longer on the air, one thing hasn’t changed: how important their five children are to the longtime couple.
Joanna and Chip started their family not long after they tied the knot in 2003. The home renovation duo welcomed their eldest child, Drake, in 2005, followed by daughter Ella Rose in 2006, and son Duke in 2008. The lovebirds added to their brood when daughter Emmie Kay arrived in 2010, and it would be a handful of years before they concluded their brood with the birth of their youngest son, Crew, in 2018.
While the HGTV alums dedicated a ton of time to their TV gigs and other business endeavors, there was never a shortage of love when it came to their roles as mom and dad. “Being good parents is Chip and Joanna’s first priority,” an insider close to the couple once told Closer Weekly.
“It’s about quality time together,” the source added. “They always eat meals together at the table and their family nights include games like cards and checkers, then bedtime stories and prayers. In this house, mom’s rules include no cell phones or TV, homework first then play and no computers after 6 p.m. In the evening, the kids kick back by reading each other stories. Everyone says they have the perfect life.”
Although Joanna continues to ace motherhood with her five growing kiddos, every now and then she struggles with feeling guilty. However, the Magnolia founder once revealed how she manages to juggle work and time with her hubby and kids.
“I’ve been through plenty of stages of guilt,” Jo previously shared with Southern Living. “I don’t want to waste a second of emotion on something that doesn’t create any good. I think, ‘What can I do to show my kids that I love them?’ Even if it’s making a cup of hot cocoa, it’s about finding little ways to connect.”
The We are the Gardeners author added, “Motherhood means everything to me. Everything else in my life can go away, but that’s my thing — these kids.”
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