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When It Comes To Raising Their 5 Kids, Chip & Joanna Gaines Try To Turn Everything Into 'A Teachable Moment'

Jul. 19 2021, Published 2:50 p.m. ET

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If there's anyone who's sure to have great child-rearing advice, it's parents-of-five Chip and Joanna Gaines.

While on SiriusXM’s The Hoda Show, the Fixer Upper stars shared the approach they take when it comes to raising their kids.

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"You want to teach them work ethic, you want to teach them how to be close," Hoda Kotb noted. "Do you teach them or do you live and hope they see?"

"Lots of living and seeing," Chip revealed, before his wife chimed in, "You're a teacher every moment."

"I love watching how he fathers," she continued. "[Everything is] a teachable moment."

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The busy mom said that when he's with the kids — they have sons Drake, 16, Duke, 13, and Crew, 3, as well as daughters Ella, 14, and Emmie, 11 — her husband is the kind of man who will pull over on the highway to pick up trash.

"It's like he's letting them see the world here, but also from this very intentional space of connection," she explained.

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"Because I think with some humans, you would be insecure maybe about basic things: their work ethic, their overall ability to pick up new challenges ... I mess with my five kids all the time," Chip shared. "I was like, 'You're not going to have a choice in the matter as it relates to hard work, overall ability to adapt to new situations, because your grandparents both did that, on both sides of the equation, your mom and dad do that...'"

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Since Chip knows his kids will be hard workers, he focuses on teaching them the "practical" side of things.

The No Pain, No Gaines author recalled an incident where he dropped off a ton of debris at a landfill, and when he returned a few days later, everything had moved. The situation showed him just how efficient people can be at their job.

"So just little practical things like that. It's like, 'If you kids are going to work hard, which I know you're genetically incapable of not, you're going to be smart kids that can adapt to new places, [but], we got to figure out these practical things,'" he said. "So I am constantly teaching the kids about these kinds of things because I think they're going to be the ones to solve these impossible problems that we're all debating."

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