Joanna Gaines Gets Real about Mom Guilt & How It “Paralyzes” Her


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Former first daughter and current TODAY Show anchor Jenna Bush Hager recently interviewed Joanna Gaines on motherhood for Southern Living. The mother of five had plenty to say about parenting, mommy guilt and so much more.

When asked about how she handles the emotions that come with the territory, Gaines explained, “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. I think, ‘What can I do to show my kids that I love them?'”

And how does Gaines show her kids she loves them? She admits she connects with something as simple as a cup of cocoa—it doesn’t have to be a big deal.

Along with talking guilt, Bush Hager also asked Gaines about what being a mom means to her. Even though Gaines fully appreciates the benefits that come with her celeb life, she said, “Motherhood means everything to me. Everything else in my life can go away, but that’s my thing. That’s what wakes me up. It’s my heart—these kids.”

Gaines also told Bush Hager, “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?’ I’m a segmented person, but there is not a moment when they’re not in my mind. I never thought it would be like that.”

We totally get that! You can read the full interview with Joanna Gaines at Southern Living.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Chip Gaines via Instagram 



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