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.”

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It's always been my nature to reflect on the past and linger there a while. I find myself thinking about what I will miss and how life is just moving too fast. I mean Crew is already six months old and saying "mama" (I had to throw that in there, sorry Chip). Drake will be driving in two years and off to college in four. And just like that I have found myself mourning the past but now in future tense. You see what I just did there? This whole time thing can feel like a thief if you let it. I'm challenging myself in this new year to live for now. The present. Taking in every breath, every sight, and sound and holding it dearly. Not thinking about how the good ol' days have passed us by or how the best is yet to come. But that right now, this very second, this is the gift. These are the days. These are the moments. And I’m gonna breathe them all in. If there's pain and sorrow, or happiness and hope, let it in and then let it out. I want to enjoy the now because it's the only thing we can actually embrace. I want to hold it carefully. Hold it thoughtfully. I want to rid myself of the little distractions because I have found that these are the thieves that steal our moments and rob our days. But time, time is our most precious gift. Here's to seeing and finding the beauty, the hope and joy in the right now in 2019. And for goodness sake, let's have some fun while we’re at it! It's going to be a happy new year indeed. Believing that for all of us. #wonderinthenow #thesearethedays

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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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