Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines Has Some Simple Parenting Advice Every Mom Needs to Hear

Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines is one of my favorite TV moms—I love her personality, her style, her decorating prowess, and the fact that she’s not shy about her Christian faith and the foundation of her marriage with husband Chip. Who doesn’t love a little JoJo?

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Photo: Joanna Gaines, Facebook

The most recent think I love about this mom of four? Her simple but profound parent post she shared on Facebook over the weekend.

Gaines shares a photo of her daughter Emmie staring out at the Adonis butterfly bush she had planted outside her girls’ window over five years before, and how such a simple thing taught her an unforgettable parenting lesson—one we all need to take to heart.

She says:

“There’s an Adonis blue butterfly bush I planted by the girl’s window almost five years ago when we were renovating the farmhouse. I wanted butterflies by the girl’s windows that they could see and enjoy. I never told them about the bush and honestly I forgot about it over the years. This morning I found my little Emmie sitting by her window looking excitedly at the bush and saying “Here she is! My little hummingbird comes every morning mom!” First, I didn’t know she looked out for her bird every morning. Second, I forgot all about the bush and never told her if she looked out the window she would see the prettiest butterflies and hummingbirds gathered around it. It’s hard not to think this is a lot like parenting… You sow seeds early on and work hard to be intentional and then over time you move on to new lessons and challenges. Then one day you look up and the seeds you planted in your little children’s hearts are now in full bloom. Be encouraged today to keep pressing in and tending to their hearts. It will be worth it.

Oh, my heart! Those last two sentences really did it to me, mamas. Parenting is SO, SO hard, and so often we won’t see the true results of our hard work until years later. But keep sowing and watering those seeds, mamas. God made us to be our kids’ moms and He will give us EVERYTHING we need to give them EVERYTHING they need, and nothing less. And we know that He who began a good work in us (and them!!) will be faithful to complete it (Philippians 1:6).

As I head back into the trenches of motherhood today with my 12, 9, and 5 year olds, I am so happy to take Joanna’s encouragement with me! If this spoke to you today, I hope you’ll share it on Facebook!


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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.