Chip and Joanna Gaines might have America’s favorite family. With four kids at the moment with a fifth on the way, they sure have their hands full.
You might think it would be easy for the Gaines kids to get caught up in their parents’ fame, but Chip and Joanna have a few rules that they use to try to keep their children grounded.
One rule is that their kids aren’t allowed to have phones until they go to college. One parenting problem that many parents today struggle with is when to give their child their first phone.
“I don’t even know what’s going to happen when the girls start asking to wear makeup, but we keep telling our kids they don’t get a phone until they go off to college,” said Joanna.
Another unique aspect about the Gaines family is that they don’t have a TV at home. “They don’t really understand that we have a show,” said Joanna. “They don’t get it.”
Chip has strict rules in regards to technology in his house. He encourages the kids to go play outside rather than in front of a screen playing video games.
Most dads might be nervous about when their daughters start dating, but not Chip. “I think I’m going to be a good dad when it comes to that,” he says. “That’s when I’m gonna turn on the crazy.”
“I want my kids to date, I want them to go out,” he continued. “I just remember great experiences as a kid, you know? Driving your car for the first time, picking up a young lady on a date for the first time. All those were little milestones to some extent.”
Chip always thought he would be the wild parent, but that all changed when he became a dad. “I feel a bit like a drill sergeant sometimes,” said Chip. “Some elements of my personality as a parent, I’m not real crazy about.”
Balancing their work life and family life has been tough, but if they had to choose one, the answer is easy. “We are thankful for our success, but if it ever compromised our ability to be a healthy married couple or our kids started to get a little bit off track, we would quit this thing in a heartbeat.”
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