How Chip and Joanna Gaines' Five Kids Are Following in Their Entrepreneurial Footsteps
“He’s my little sidekick,” Joanna, 40, says of her 9-month-old youngest child in the latest issue of PEOPLE, out Friday. “He comes to work with me every day and goes to all my meetings.”
“I always tell Chip, ‘This boy is going to be able to run the company by age 5!’ ” she jokes.
For Chip, 44, and Joanna’s four older children — daughters Emmie Kay, 9, and Ella Rose, 12, plus their brothers Duke, 10, and Drake, 14 — the Magnolia headquarters in Waco, Texas, is like a second home.
“They love being here,” she tells PEOPLE. “I always try to involve them with what we’re doing at work.”
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Joanna’s latest project — her first children’s book, We Are the Gardeners — is co-written with her four older kids. “Just like we did this with our houses when we were renovating, we did the same with our children’s book,” she says. “I want them to feel like they’re a part of it.”
In addition to the book, the Gaines children also have their own impressive business endeavors.
“Each kid has their own thing,” Joanna tells PEOPLE. “Drake loves the production side, so in the summer he’s up with the guys, and they’re teaching him how to edit.”
“Then Ella is like me,” she adds. “I think she’ll follow in my footsteps and have her hand in a lot of things. Right now she wants to cook, be a lead designer and have a donut truck.”
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Duke and Emmie, meanwhile, are more customer-service oriented, wanting a farm truck where they can sell vegetables and eggs.
“We printed labels for them, and once a week they go out and sell,” Joanna tells PEOPLE. “They’re just like Chip: They don’t take no for an answer!”
For more on Chip and Joanna Gaines, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.