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Chip and Joanna Gaines Most Hardcore Parenting Rule is About Cell Phones

Here's their big one.


There are a lot of approaches to managing your kid’s screen time, but there’s one particular approach that almost never comes up. How about managing screen time by just having almost no screen time at all? During a recent interview, Chip and Joanna Gaines, the faces behind the popular HGTV show Fixer Upper, described themselves as strict parents and explained how none of her kids have cell phones.

“I don’t even know what’s gonna 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,” Joanna told People.

Interestingly, Chip admitted in the same interview that he has a few misgivings about his parenting style.

“…when I got to be a parent, I don’t know what it is about it … I feel a little bit like a drill sergeant sometimes. Some elements of my personality, as a parent, I’m not real crazy about.”

Still, Chip wasn’t shy about describing himself as “a quarter Amish,” before explaining that he’s “got some glitch” that gives him a real aversion to even the most “normal technological advances.”

While Joanna still believes in the value of being strict, she says that the screen time rules are really enforced by Chip the most

“It’s funny, I’m a little more laid back than I thought I’d be,” Joanna said. “[There are] certain things that I really care about, but I think the funny part, with Chip, is just the video games, the TV. That’s where he kinda gets a little strict. It’s, ‘You go play outside.’”