"I think it was really smart," the Pioneer Woman star tells PEOPLE.

By Ana Calderone
October 17, 2017 08:39 AM

As a fellow parent to four children, Ree Drummond can understand Chip and Joanna Gaines‘ choice to end their hit show Fixer Upper.

“I completely respect their decision to do that. I think it was really smart,” the Pioneer Woman star and mom to Alex, 20, Paige, 18, Bryce, 15, and Todd, 13 told PEOPLE while announcing her partnership with Pillsbury and the return of their Bake-Off Contest. “Your kids are only young once. It’s really true that you feel like when you’re in the trenches with young kids that it’ll last forever and as I learned when my child went to college, it doesn’t. So I totally get it.”

The HGTV stars’ hit series came to an end on Tuesday night with one final renovation and both hosts expressed their thanks to viewers for the support throughout the five seasons it was on the air. While they admitted that the decision wasn’t easy, they said it was what they need to do for their kids, Drake, 12, Ella, 11, Duke, 9, and Emmie Kay, 7. “We have this young, growing family and I just think that was one of the biggest reasons why we wanted to end the show,” Joanna, who is expecting their fifth child, previously said on Today.


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Unlike the Gaineses, who shoot all over Waco, TX fixing up houses for their home improvement business, Drummond is able to strike a nice balance between work and family because she films The Pioneer Women at home in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

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“Fortunately, with my show, we shoot on the ranch so I’ve been able to construct the schedule so I can still be home with my kids and do the things around the home that my kids and I love to do,” she says. “But I get it. I think it was smart of [Chip and Joanna]. They’ll have plenty of things they’ll be able to do anytime they want.”

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Of course, between shooting episodes and managing an empire that includes over a dozen books, a new lifestyle magazine, a homeware line at Walmart, and now her new partnership with Pillsbury, there are also times when the cook needs to call a time out.

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“I’m good at identifying when I’m about to hit a wall,” she says. “It’s a skill that I developed unfortunately not until my late 40s being able to say, ‘Danger, danger.’ That’s one of the best skills I tell young women when they ask me for advice: Don’t feel like you have to grab at everything and do everything because nobody can do everything. Always take your temperature.”