When it comes to bonding with the fam, we’re taking a page from one of our fave celeb mamas and checking out Joanna Gaines’ family traditions. The busy mom of five manages a business empire, a gorgeous home, family meals, and of course—her hilarious husband and kiddos.

The next time you’re looking for ways to bring your family together for some wholesome fun, check out some of JoJo’s simple tips on spending time together.

Sundays at Home As a Family

It’s no surprise the Gaines family is beyond busy, and that’s why setting aside time together is important. For Joanna and the fam, Sundays work best and since Crew joined the clan, they find themselves happy to be spending time together and at home. If you’re looking to emulate a full family day, just find a time that works best for you and yours!


Baking Biscuits

Weekends are for baking! While the Gaines tradition involves biscuits (hello, Texas), the important part is just spending time together in the kitchen. Involving kids in the day to day routine of cooking and home keeping not only teaches them life skills, but makes wonderful memories, too.


Breakfast in Bed

Oh Chip Gaines, we didn’t know it was possible to love you even more! The contractor and dad has been known to surprise his wife with breakfast in bed and we tend to agree that it’s a great way to spend time together. Involve the kids in the prep work and show them how surprises can be a great way to show you care.


Family Dinners

Joanna Gaines recognizes the importance of family meals and involves her kiddos when it comes to time in the kitchen. Time at the table is important not only to have a break from all those screens, but to develop meaningful conversation, communication skills and as a simple way to stay involved in your kids lives.


Homemade Cards & Gifts

There’s nothing quite like a homemade gift or card and it’s a long-standing tradition for the Gaines family to exchange them on special events. This is an easy tradition to adopt into your own family, encouraging creativity and heartfelt sentiments you can’t usually find at Hallmark.


Family Projects

From involving their kids on demo day, to helping decorate fixer uppers, to running the family garden, the Gaines involve their kids in tons of family projects. Age is no issue when starting projects from big to small, and you can help forge a strong family bond by doing the same. Let the kids help out on home projects, encourage their entrepreneurial spirit and practice working together!

––Karly Wood

Feature photo: Joanna Gaines via Instagram



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