Joanna Gaines said she’s like most working mothers who sometimes feel as if their children are getting the short end of the stick.

In a sweet message posted to Instagram, the mom-of-five encouraged other mothers to focus on simple ways to connect with kids, instead of feeling guilty about time spent away from the family.

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I took Emmie Kay out to the garden this morning and I let her lead and I just followed along in her imaginations and her curiosities (In all honesty I was too tired to come up with anything because mama and Crew haven't been sleeping great these days). She told me she wanted to pick flowers and put them in old books that only her and I would know about and then look for them later when we got older. We gathered some large old books in the shed and picked out our favorite flowers from the garden and then wrote our names and date in the books. We also pressed some petals that we could frame later to remind us of this special morning in the garden. One of the sweetest surprises for us both was when we opened up one of the books and found that someone else had done the same thing with some pretty leaves many years ago. It was like we stumbled on a treasure that reinforced how we would feel when we find these flowers again one day. I know at times it can be hard to find simple ways to connect with your kids. Especially in the tired and the hard and busy times in life. It can feel like it's all or nothing. But I really believe it's somewhere in the middle where the grace is extended and these simple, unplanned moments are actually the sweetest. I write all this for any of you out there who may experience "mom-guilt". I promise you that's a never ending cycle that leads to nowhere. Replace the word guilt with grace. Look for grace in the moments, the small wins that lead to the greatest investments in their little hearts. From one mom to another, stop being so hard on yourself. Don't spend another second focusing on failure, instead use whatever time and whatever energy you have and look for the moments where grace can be found. Because I'm telling you, this grace is sufficient. ✨

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In the social media post, Gaines shared the creative and fun way she connected with her daughter Emmie Kay. The 40-year-old said the activity stimulated her daughter’s imagination without a lot of elaborate planning. She wrote:

I took Emmie Kay out to the garden this morning and I let her lead and I just followed along in her imaginations and her curiosities (In all honesty I was too tired to come up with anything because mama and Crew haven’t been sleeping great these days).

She told me she wanted to pick flowers and put them in old books that only her and I would know about and then look for them later when we got older. We gathered some large old books in the shed and picked out our favorite flowers from the garden and then wrote our names and date in the books.

The simple activity turned out to be a “special” bonding moment in the garden with Emmie.

As previously reported by Dearly, Gaines clearly has her hands full ever since welcoming her fifth child into the world Crew Gaines.

She continued in her post:

I know at times it can be hard to find simple ways to connect with your kids. Especially in the tired and the hard and busy times in life. It can feel like it’s all or nothing.

But I really believe it’s somewhere in the middle where the grace is extended and these simple, unplanned moments are actually the sweetest.

She explained:

I write all this for any of you out there who may experience ‘mom-guilt.’ I promise you that’s a never ending cycle that leads to nowhere …

From one mom to another, stop being so hard on yourself. Don’t spend another second focusing on failure.

Gaines encouraged fellow working mothers to prioritize their relationships with their children by making the little things count.

About the author

Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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