Chip And Joanna Gaines Explain Why They Stepped Back From 'Fixer Upper'

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The stars of HGTV's “Fixer Upper” reveal that divorce is simply “not an option” in an interview with “Access Hollywood.'' Chip, 46, says he and Joanna, 43, are “not quitters.” The two, who've been married for nearly two decades, recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary at the end of May. silive.comChip and Joanna Gaines, of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ fame, reveal why divorce is simply ‘not an option.’ Watch it

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He has been sporting to-the-shoulder locks lately.

And Chip Gaines confessed on the Today show this week that the reaction to his new hairdo has been extremely polarized.

Chip, 46, was being interviewed with his wife Joanna, 43, with whom he shot to fame on the house-flipping show Fixer Upper. 

Sumptuous long locks: Chip Gaines confessed on the Today show this week that the reaction to his new hairdo has been extremely polarized

He compared the response to his hairdo with 'the rest of the country' saying that 'nobody can agree on anything. You're either in this camp or you're in this camp.'

Chip added: 'Well, Twitter is very similar in that regard with my hair. It's either you love this or you...' he trailed off letting his wife finish: '...hate it.'

Joanna announced that he would be lopping off the long locks soon and Chip noted that the whole idea of growing his hair out was to eventually give it to charity.

However Joanna also confessed: 'It's grown on me' and added: 'I think I'm going to miss it for sure' when he finally gets rid of it.

Having a ball: Chip, 46, was being interviewed with his wife Joanna, 43, with whom he shot to fame on the house-flipping show Fixer Upper

Doing good: Joanna announced that he would be lopping off the long locks soon and Chip noted that the whole idea of growing his hair out was to eventually give it to charity

Love it: However Joanna also confessed: 'It's grown on me' and added: 'I think I'm going to miss it for sure' when he finally gets rid of it

Chip, who had his head shaved bald for St. Jude's Children's Hospital in 2017, revealed his new look was a result of the coronavirus lockdowns.

'The pandemic hit and we just cut that out of our typical routine, probably like most people, and so after it got a little longer and a little longer, I just was like: "You know what, I’m going to go for it. I’m going to grow this out,"' dished the heartthrob.

'I like to continue to bring in bucket lister-type situations into my life and I was like, hey, when I die I’m going to say: "You remember that season that I had that long hair?" And when I’m bald as a bat here in a couple of months after we shave it — literally, razor-blade bald - then I’ll say I’ve never been bald before either.'

Chip and Joanna have been married since 2003 and share five children - Drake, 16, Ella, 14, Duke, 13, Emmie, 11, and Crew, three.

Throwback: Joanna announced that he would be lopping off the long locks soon; the couple are pictured on Fixer Upper back when he had short hair

Joanna revealed on the Today show that she had come up with a tip to minimize the time that her children spend on the phone.

She had become fed up of the way that her children had begun to 'almost look like robots' because of the way 'all of us' were constantly checking their devices.

As a result she set up a single 'little station where everyone charges their phone' as part of establishing a 'house rule when you're at home that all the phones go on one spot so if you wanna check a text, if you wanna check an email, you go to that spot but it's not on your body. So it's like no phones on body, that's the rule at home.' 

The reality TV superstar pointed out that her children are 'developing, they're growing, and as they're growing at 14, 15, 16, I don't want [being on the phone all the time] to be part of who they become.'

Charitable: Chip, who had his head shaved bald for St. Jude's Children's Hospital in 2017 (pictured), revealed his new look was a result of the coronavirus lockdowns

Although he and his wife became celebrities on HGTV they have left that channel in order to launch their own new Magnolia Network.

Chip revealed to Oprah Winfrey in an interview this March that he 'lost a part of myself' because of the fame he achieved through Fixer Upper. 

However he said Joanna handled the situation better as she is 'so incredibly wise, so incredibly grounded' and stardom was 'no big deal' for her.

After Fixer Upper ended in 2018 they took a year off during which 'Jo and I were able to kind of hunker down and really kind of try to unpack what it was about fame that seemed so incompatible with my personality.'  

Baby of the family: Chip and Joanna have been married since 2003 and share five children - Drake, 16, Ella, 14, Duke, 13, Emmie, 11, and Crew, three; the older four are pictured

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Chip & Joanna Gaines Reveal Why They Walked Away From Fixer Upper

Screen Rant 17 July, 2021 - 03:00am

Back in 2019, Chip and Joanna announced their plans to create their own TV network, Magnolia Network, to replace the DIY Network. The Magnolia Network was supposed to launch in 2020, but due to the pandemic, the launch was postponed until July 2021. Not only will Chip and Joanna be running the network, but they also plan on returning to the screen. When announcing the new shows that will appear on the network, they also announced their plans to bring back new episodes of Fixer Upper. The other shows include a travel show with Jonathan Morris, and another with interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. One change, however, is the Magnolia Network is now a streaming service created in partnership with Discovery Inc.

Chip and Joanna are now opening up about what led them to decide to end their show at the height of its popularity. As Reality TV World reports, Chip and Joanna said they had reached a low point with the show, and they both knew it was time to take a step back. During an appearance on Today, the couple revealed they began to feel exhausted after six years of filming. They reminded fans that not only were they filming a show, but they were also trying to raise five kids (now six) at the same time. It all got to be too much for them.

With the launch of their network, Chip and Joanna are about to be busier than ever. Not only are they running the network, but they are slated to star in a number of the shows featured on the streaming service. It will be interesting to see how Chip and Joanna are able to manage all the responsibilities that come with everything they have going on. They are raising six kids, bringing back Fixer Upper and many other new shows, running a network, and overseeing a furniture company. That is a lot of work for two people to take on.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines and Discovery’s joint venture, Magnolia Network, is launching on July 15.

It features a highly-anticipated launch slate and summer programming rollout schedule with more than "150 hours of premium unscripted content from an ever-growing roster of creators spanning home, food, gardening, design, entrepreneurship and the arts," a press release revealed. 

There are 22 new shows launching this week. Back in 2019, Magnolia Network was originally announced as a cable channel taking over the struggling DIY Network. 

"At Magnolia Network, we believe in telling life’s stories authentically and empowering our viewers to move past their comfort zones and try new things," Chip and Joanna said in a statement. "We seek to entertain through smart, layered storytelling that inspires creativity, upholds beauty and draws out curiosity. Here, we are creating a space where we hope viewers will feel their time with us is never without purpose, but rather is time well spent."

Here's a breakdown of all the Magnolia Network shows that will be available on discovery+ on Thursday, July 15:

Fixer Upper: Welcome Home – Chip and Jo are back with new ideas for turning outdated homes into jaw-dropping, innovative living spaces"

Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines – Infused with her warmth and passion for all things family, Joanna Gaines spends time in the kitchen sharing her favorite recipes, where they come from and why she finds herself returning to them time and time again.

Family Dinner – Host Andrew Zimmern visits families across America to hear their stories and explore how the cultural, regional and historical facets of who we are inform what and how we eat.

Homegrown – Atlanta-based farmer Jamila Norman helps families transform their outdoor spaces into beautiful and functional backyard farms while exploring the joy and benefits of growing your own food.

Restoration Road with Clint Harp – Carpenter Clint Harp hits the road in search of incredible historical structures across the country that are in need of restoration, while exploring their origins and dreaming of their futures.

First Time Fixer – First-time house renovators take their home renovation dreams into their own hands and experience the risk and reward that comes with trying something new.

Home Work – Candis and Andy Meredith's biggest renovation project to date is transforming a 20,000-square-foot historic school into their family home -- all while juggling projects for clients, rental properties and life with their blended family of nine.

Van Go – Chewy Design Co. owner Brett Lewis renovates vans into tiny homes on the road, creating innovative solutions and tackling the many challenges that come with custom outfitting each vehicle for his clients' lifestyles.

The Johnnyswim Show – Husband-wife musicians Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez raised their kids for years on a tour bus while playing with their band. Faced with a canceled tour due to COVID-19, the family must adjust to life at home while adapting their music careers.

The Fieldhouse – At The Fieldhouse, physical and personal challenges are tackled head-on. Owner Justin Bane and his staff change lives by restoring and rehabilitating clients from the inside out at this cutting-edge fitness facility in Abilene, Texas.

Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things – Offering an in-depth look at how iconic American-made products are created, this series celebrates the ingenuity, passion and creativity of the people who proudly stand behind these timeless classics.

(re)motel – Passionate motel owners across America restore and redesign their historic properties to give them new life and create destination stops for a new generation of travelers.

Where We Call Home – Homeowners and designers reveal how commercial properties and unconventional spaces were reimagined into modern homes.

The Cabin Chronicles – This series explores the architecture, design and human connection behind beautiful cabins and their surrounding landscapes.

Super Dad – Father and DIY expert Taylor Calmus, along with his team of skilled builders, help aspiring DIY dads turn their kids' outrageous backyard dreams into playtime realities.

Inn The Works – Lindsey Kurowski and her team at Knotty Pine have set out to renovate the historic Oak Knoll Lodge in Big Bear Lake, CA, and bring it back to its former glory -- all while simultaneously learning the ropes of running an inn.

The Artisan’s Kitchen – Professional baker, flour authority and lover of all things food Bryan Ford makes remixed classics and introduces recipes infused with his Honduran heritage and his New Orleans upbringing.

Growing Floret – Erin and Chris Benzakein have spent the last decade building their family-run business, Floret Farms, in the fertile Skagit River Valley of Washington State. Now, they're risking everything to add and rehabilitate 24 new acres and expand the business.

Fixer Upper – Chip and Joanna Gaines help homebuyers in Waco, Texas, look past the superficial and buy the worst house in the best neighborhood. With his expertise in construction and her keen design sense, Chip and Jo transform potential-rich houses into their clients' dream homes.

The following Magnolia Network shows will be available on discovery+ on Friday, July 23:

Mind for Design – Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn creates breathtaking spaces with an eclectic-yet-distinctive style. Along with a team of skilled designers, Brian tackles decorating projects on any budget or within any scope, all with a dash of humor.

New episodes of the following shows will also be available: Family Dinner, Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, Homegrown, Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, First Time Fixer, Home Work, Restoration Road with Clint Harp, Van Go, The Fieldhouse, The Johnnyswim Show, Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things, (re)motel (4 new episodes), Where We Call Home (2 new episodes), The Cabin Chronicles (2 new episodes)

The following Magnolia Network shows will be available on discovery+ on Friday, July 30:

Zoë Bakes – Breaking down the secrets of talented pastry chefs and home bakers alike, Zoë François teaches how to achieve beautiful and delicious desserts right from home.

New episodes of the following shows will also be available: Family Dinner, Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, Homegrown, Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, First Time Fixer, Home Work, Restoration Road with Clint Harp, Mind for Design, Van Go, The Fieldhouse, The Johnnyswim Show, Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things, (re)motel (4 new episodes), Where We Call Home (2 new episodes), The Cabin Chronicles (2 new episodes)

The following Magnolia Network shows will be available on discovery+ on Friday, August 6:

For The Love of Kitchens – Paul O’Leary, Helen Parker and Robin Mclellan - together with their team of exceptionally skilled artisans - design and craft beautiful kitchens for deVOL, a design company based in a 16th century water mill in the heart of the English countryside.

Ranch to Table – Seventh-generation cattle rancher and entrepreneur Elizabeth Poett tackles the work of running her family's 14,000-acre ranch while crafting regional dishes using her own fresh ingredients.

New episodes of the following shows will also be available: Family Dinner, Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, Zoë Bakes (3 new episodes), Homegrown, Fixer Upper: Welcome Home (season finale), First Time Fixer, Home Work, Restoration Road with Clint Harp, Mind for Design, Van Go, The Fieldhouse (season finale), The Johnnyswim Show, Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things, Where We Call Home (2 new episodes), and The Cabin Chronicles (2 new episodes).

The following Magnolia Network shows will be available on discovery+ on August 13:

Point of View: A Designer Profile – Giving a behind-the-curtain look into the mind of interior designers, this anthology series lets us in on their creative processes and introduces the inspirations and influences that shape their designs.

New episodes of the following shows will also be available: Family Dinner, Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, Ranch to Table, Zoë Bakes (2 new episodes), Homegrown (season finale), First Time Fixer, Home Work, For the Love of Kitchens, Restoration Road with Clint Harp, Mind for Design, Van Go, The Johnnyswim Show, Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things, and The Cabin Chronicles (final 2 new episodes).

The following Magnolia Network shows will be available on discovery+ on August 20: 

New episodes of the following shows will also be available: Family Dinner, Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, Ranch to Table, Zoë Bakes (final 2 new episodes), First Time Fixer (season finale), Home Work, For the Love of Kitchens, Restoration Road with Clint Harp, Mind for Design (Season finale), Point of View: A Designer Profile, Van Go, The Johnnyswim Show, and Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things.

The following Magnolia Network shows will be available on discovery+ on August 27:

Self Employed – Entrepreneur Jonathan Morris travels the country to share the inspirational and new challenges of small business owners and their journeys to building their dream jobs.

New episodes of the following shows will also be available: Family Dinner, Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, Ranch to Table, Home Work, For the Love of Kitchens, Restoration Road with Clint Harp, Point of View: A Designer Profile, Van Go (season finale), The Johnnyswim Show (season finale), and Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things.

Lastly, in addition to the previously announced Magnolia Workshops, the following library content will be available only on the MAGNOLIA app on Thursday, July 15:

The French Chef – In this iconic US cooking series, follow along with cooking legend Julia Child as she introduces American kitchens to French cuisine – preparing everything from simple croissants to the classic boeuf bourguignon.

Monty Don’s Gardens – Monty Don travels to the US, Japan, Italy, France and the Middle East exploring iconic gardens which tells him, and in turn the viewer, so much about the country at large in a way rarely explored.

World’s Most Secret Homes – From remote houses in forests and luxury bunkers buried underground to cabins on remote islands and homes hidden in mountains, we meet the owners who explain why they wanted to live in such an unusual property and how they found their secluded plots.

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Joanna Gaines shares trick to break kids' cellphone addictions

Yahoo News 17 July, 2021 - 03:00am

“We have this little station where everyone charges their phones,” Joanna, 43, told TODAY co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on Thursday.

The “Fixer Upper” star, who shares children Drake, 16, Ella, 14, Duke, 13, Emmie, 11, and Crew, 3, with husband Chip Gaines, explained that the incessant notifications began to affect their daily life. If someone was reading a book and got an alert, they'd put down the book to check their phone.

“It just became a house rule, when you’re at home, that all the phones go in one spot, so if you want to check a text, if you want to check an email, you go to that spot, but it’s not on your (body)," Joanna said.

Hoda, who is mom to daughters Hope, 2, and Haley, 4, called the policy “brilliant.”

"We want to teach our kids that life happens outside of these devices," she said during a 2016 appearance on "Entertainment Tonight." "It's just a simple thing to go outside and connect with nature, play with your friends and get dirty."

Last year, Al Roker revealed that every evening before bed, he locks his 18-year-old son Nick’s phone in a small safe.

“Just overnight,” Al told TODAY Parents.

Parenting and youth development expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa applauded Al’s strategy.

“It’s really healthy for kids to have a break from the potential 24/7 of social interactions,” Gilboa previously told TODAY Parents. “They also need good sleep. And it’s really hard to ignore notifications.”

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'We're so excited!': Chip and Joanna Gaines on the long-awaited debut of Magnolia Network

USA TODAY 17 July, 2021 - 03:00am

Magnolia Network, from Chip and Joanna Gaines and Discovery, launches Thursday with more than 150 hours of original programming.

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This week, TV executives Chip and Joanna Gaines, known for their work in Waco, Texas, launch their Magnolia Network, featuring dozens of hours of new unscripted content and archive shows. (July 13) AP Entertainment

Magnolia Network is ready to bloom. 

The partnership between Chip and Joanna Gaines – made famous for transforming "Fixer Upper" homes in their Waco, Texas, home – and Discovery  replaces the tiny DIY Network in January. But Thursday, the network launches on the Discovery+ streaming service – and a dedicated Magnolia app – with more than 150 hours of unscripted programming covering home, design, food, gardening and other topics.

Magnolia will also feature workshops and a handful of other lifestyle programs, including Julia Child's PBS classic "The French Chef." For Discovery+ subscribers ($4.99 a month), the Magnolia app is free.

Joanna's cooking show, "Magnolia Table," premieres its third season there Thursday. She and Chip will also debut a new version of "Fixer Upper," the home renovation series that vaulted them to fame, and appear in other programs, says the network's president, Allison Page. The couple will be featured in "First Time Fixer," where novice home renovators try their hand at makeovers, and other projects that will be announced soon.

"We're so excited! It's finally here," Chip says of the network, first announced during a 2018 appearance on "The Tonight Show." In April 2019, the couple told USA TODAY the channel would arrive in summer 2020. But the global pandemic forced a hiatus that resulted in a "much fuller and much more robust" lineup, Chip says. And plans pivoted (along with the rest of the media industry) to prioritize streaming over cable. 

"As sad as we are collectively for the year that we've all experienced together, we’re thankful in a lot of ways that it gave us a little time out," he says. "It felt like there was a little pause that gave us the ability to really fill in lots of blanks, and we just could not be more excited about the talent and the production companies that have poured their hearts and souls into so many of these shows and just how proud we are."

The Magnolia lineup includes personalities the Gaineses knew or sought out. "A lot of them we had to talk into being on TV," Joanna says. "They're like, 'I don't have time for that.'"  

All five seasons of the Gaineses' "Fixer Upper," which ended its run in April 2018, are available on Discovery+ and the Magnolia app. New episodes of the updated "Fixer Upper: Welcome Home," begin streaming Thursday. 

Joanna says when the couple decided to revive the series, they needed to adjust their filming schedule around commitments to family, building their businesses and the network. The couple have created an experience for fans in Waco with Magnolia Market at the Silos (which houses a bakery), a restaurant and vacation rentals. They also run a construction business, a real estate company, a quarterly magazine and online shop where home goods and furniture can be purchased. 

Highlighting one change, she says they're eliminating the "Fixer Upper" segment in which homebuyers look at houses. "To launch, we were like, 'We've got to do this quicker.' We had to find people that had already purchased a house instead of going through that whole thing of, Let's find you a house.'" 

"It feels a little different than the past, but we came out alive," she adds. "We filmed our last reveal (in late June) and had a ball doing it."

But don't worry, Chip's antics continue: "I can't ever get him to stop jacking around on camera," Joanna says of her husband of 15 years. "He's just always messing around, and I just want to be done. I'm like, 'I think we've shot the scene,' and Chip keeps doing some stuff."  

"I'm somewhat playful in real life, somewhat just generally normally playful," Chip says, beating around the bush. Joanna interrupts, painting a succinct picture: “He's like a 5 year old.” 

"When you point a camera at me and you say, 'Action,' or whatever the phrase is that they say to get you in motion, I think that the camera operator is like an old college buddy daring me to do the most radical things imaginable, and I don't even know why," Chip says. "The camera operator keeps looking. He’s like, 'Hey, Chip, I'm not daring you to do that at all. You could totally be normal and just hang the drywall like a normal human,' And I'm like, 'Quit daring me to jump through it! Quit it!' And he's like, 'Who are you talking to?'" 

The Gaineses aren't Magnolia's only home-renovating couple. "Home Work" follows Utah-based Candis and Andy Meredith as they make over spaces for their clients and convert a 20,000-square-foot school, constructed in 1907, into a home for their family of nine. Candis remembered thinking when Joanna followed them on social media that it was an accident. Direct messages back and forth strengthened the relationship.

"They're amazing," Candis said of the pair. "I remember our first conversation with Chip, he said the words, 'I want you to tell your story authentically. I want to see everything about that. I don't care if it feels boring or slow,' he said. 'Just tell that story as authentically as you can, and die on that hill.'

"And that’s what we've done," she continued. "I don’t think it’s boring or slow. It’s obviously very chaotic, very exciting, but it just felt like they really understood what we were trying to put out there because that’s also what they’re trying to put in the world – just beauty and beautiful things."

Joanna says Magnolia slates of stars shares a willingness to be daring.

"I think as humans, we all want to watch people take the risk," she says. "You want to cheer them on. You want to see them make it. You experience the ups and downs with them by watching it, and I think there's such a humanness to that." 

She says the couple avoided forcing drama. "We're not like, 'Hey, make sure that three times in each episode there's a teaser thing that gets the audience to come back and watch," she says. "There's none of that. It's truly their authentic story that we don't want to mess with. When you see that similar thread, it's just that message of hope and inspiration that I truly believe the world needs to hear right now."

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Chip Gaines Is Going to Shave His Head 'Razor Blade Bald'

PEOPLE 17 July, 2021 - 03:00am

During an appearance on Today with wife Joanna Gaines to promote the launch of their Magnolia Network, Chip, 46, opened up about the state of his lengthy strands — and his plans for buzzing it all off sometime soon.

"It's like the rest of the country sadly in some ways, you know? Nobody can agree on anything. You're either in this camp or this camp," Chip joked about social media users' reactions to his long hair. "Well, Twitter is very similar in that regard with my hair, it's either you love this, or you hate it."

As for his wife, Joanna said that the longer look has, admittedly, "grown on me." She added, "I really, actually like it."

She went on to explain that Chip is about to "shave it," but he initially grew his hair out "for a reason."

"The back end of it is raising money and philanthropic," said Chip, who plans on donating his hair. "When the pandemic hit, it got a little longer and I was like, 'I'm going to grow this out.'"

He continued: "I like to continue to bring in bucket lister-type situations in my life. And I was like, when I die I'm going to say, 'You remember that season when I had that long hair?' And when I'm bald as a bat here in a couple of months after we shave it, literally razor blade bald, then I'll say, 'I've never been bald before!'"

Even though his long hair left the internet divided, Joanna said she will miss it once it's gone. "I mean, it's grown on it. I'm gonna miss it, for sure," she said.

While they stopped by the Today studios on Thursday, Chip and Joanna told co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie all about how they parent kids Drake, 16, Ella, 14, Duke, 13, Emmie, 11, and Crew, 3.

"It just became a house rule, when you're at home, that all the phones go in one spot, so if you want to check a text, if you want to check an email, you go to that spot, but it's not on your bodies," the mom continued. "So it's like 'no phones on body,' that's the rule at home."

‘Fixer Upper’ Fans Have Extremely Divided Opinions on Chip Gaines’ Shoulder-Length Hair

Yahoo Lifestyle 17 July, 2021 - 03:00am

If you’re a fan of the long, luscious locks that Chip Gaines acquired in quarantine, he has some sad news. The Fixer Upper star recently told Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on Today that he’s shaving his head—just when his wife Joanna finally started to like the burly look.

“It’s grown on me,” Joanna said of his shoulder-length strands. “I think I’m going to miss it, for sure.”

Since he started growing it out, fans have been incredibly vocal with their opinions about it. “Nobody can agree on anything,” he said. “You’re either in this camp or you’re in this camp. Well, Twitter is very similar in that regard with my hair. It’s either you love this or you [hate it].”

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Joanna Gaines Reveals 'House Rule' for Her Kids and Their Phones, Which Hoda Kotb Calls 'Brilliant'

PEOPLE 15 July, 2021 - 10:49am

While promoting the launch of their Magnolia Network on Thursday, Joanna and Chip Gaines told Today co-hosts Kotb and Savannah Guthrie about some of their parenting techniques at home. The Fixer Upper couple share five kids: Drake, 16, Ella, 14, Duke, 13, Emmie, 11, and Crew, 3.

"I did love a little bit of advice, I think, Jo, that you have," says Kotb, 56, who is mom to daughters Hope, 2, and Haley, 4. "A lot of kids are on their devices, and your son was on his a lot and every time he felt a buzz he checked his pocket. And you had a solution."

"We have this little station where everyone charges their phones," explains Joanna, 43, "and finally we decided we don't like how our kids — they almost look like robots, I mean all of us, when it buzzes you gotta check it, and when they're reading they're checking it."

Joanna adds, "They're developing, they're growing. And as they're growing at 14, 15, 16, I don't want [constantly checking their phones] to be part of who they become, you know?" Kotb then agrees, calling the house rule "brilliant."

Back in 2016, before they had Crew in their household, Joanna spoke to Entertainment Tonight about holding off on giving her children smartphones and why it was important to her.

"I tell the kids that you are probably not going to get a cell phone. We want to teach our kids that life happens outside of these devices," she said at the time. "It's just a simple thing to go outside and connect with nature, play with your friends and get dirty. It's the simple things."

"When your kids get older, you start adjusting the way you parent," added Joanna. "But when you have a toddler, it's so different. You almost have to see the world in the way that they do."

"When Crew is in the car with me," she continued, "it's always, 'I see a sun, I see a tractor, I see a boat.' He's finding the simplest things, and in his mind it's an amazing discovery, but to us it's just stuff. When you look at things through the eyes of your children, it brings you back to that place of awe and wonder."

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