“Fixer Upper” star and mother of five Joanna Gaines appears to be a master of balancing work and family, but she says it’s not always easy.
In an interview with Jenna Bush Hager for Southern Living, the 40-year-old admitted she sometimes struggles with “mom guilt.”
She told Hager:
“I’ve been through plenty of stages of guilt. It always creeps in. It paralyzes me. I don’t want to waste a second of emotion on something that doesn’t create any good.”
The design mogul, who welcomed a baby boy last year, said she beats mom guilt by finding new ways to connect with her children. Gaines added:
“I think, ‘What can I do to show my kids that I love them?’ Even if it’s making a cup of hot cocoa, which takes a few minutes. It’s about finding little ways to connect.”
Gaines said that raising her five children is why she wakes up in the morning. Welcoming them to the world changed her own, she explained:
“You just think kids will fit into your life, and then I had these babies and didn’t realize how they would have every string of my heart. Everything I do, from the moment I get into my car to drive to work, I’m thinking, ‘Did I do everything I could to make those kids know that I love them?’“
Hager, who has two daughters of her own, told Gaines that “perfection is not the key” when it comes to raising kids.
Gaines agreed and added:
“Comparison is the worst thing in the world. Contentment is the goal and the greatest gift in life.”
Gaines and her husband, Chip, recently confirmed that they’re returning to television on their own network. However, they’ve yet to release details about the project.
The mom also recently completed writing her first children’s book with the help of her own kids. The book, “We Are the Gardeners,” will be released in March.