The daughter of The Patriarch of Perfection is a famous parent in her own right, so she seemed like the perfect candidate to do a conference call with the press on the topic of parenting.
See what Lindsie Chrisley had to say about becoming a mom on the reality show Chrisley Knows Best, how she manages to balance motherhood and fame, and the best advice she has received from her mom and dad, Julie and Todd Chrisley.
What is the best piece of parenting advice that your father has given to you?
I would definitely say to expect the unexpected. He always tells me, "You’re so planned, you’re so organized, you’re so this, you’re so that." I’m a Virgo so I’m super-planned and organized, and just taking a little bit of his advice and going on the whim sometimes has been helpful because with kids, you can’t have everything so planned and so structured as much as you want to.
What do you like best about being a mom? And how do you balance the everyday struggles of being a mom while being on the show?
What I like best about being a mom is the fact that I have truly experienced unconditional love. And I think whenever you get married and you do all of that, you think that you really love that person -- until you have a child and then, you still love that person [but] it’s just a different kind of love. Just being able to see [Jackson] grow every day and be able to see all of the little things that he goes through. He's in so many different learning curves and being able to follow him along and guide him in the best direction that I know how has been the best part of being a mom for me.
As far as balance is concerned, I think, just like any other mom that has a career, I’m trying to do the best that I possibly can to be the best mom that I possibly can be. When we film, of course, Jackson is with me all the time. So it has been challenging sometimes, but it’s also very rewarding.
How have you changed throughout Chrisley Knows Best? What's that been like for you and Jackson together?
I think that we all have changed and I think that in our natural progression of life things evolve and you change. I came into this pregnant and now I have a three-year-old. So I have learned throughout the span of Chrisley Knows Best how to be a mom. I got pregnant right away when I got married so learning to be a mom and trying to be a good wife -- all of those things -- I have learned while being on TV. And also to juggle being on the show and having my life open for people to see everything.
What's one of your favorite things about being on Chrisley Knows Best?
I think to be able to have people watch us and get a little relief from their everyday lives, and to realize that, you know, there are more stupid people in the world like us! And I think for people to be able to relate to what’s going on in our everyday life. You know, so many people have 18- and 19-year-olds and kids that are grown, and grandbabies, and just to be able to relate to the different life phases that are on the show.
What are three of your favorite core parenting values that you live by?
Bedtime, naptime, diet. Definitely. When he was born, I was all about researching organic options for him. I started making baby food when he was eight months old. I kept him on milk for longer than what most do. He just wasn’t ready for food. And definitely love. I think that you have to let your babies just be babies and love them unconditionally and wrap your arms around them and just pray for them.
You are really passionate about education and reading time when it comes to your parenting style. Can you please explain that a little bit further?
Yes. Education, to me, is so super-important and especially reading because reading is such a fundamental aspect of overall learning. I’ve read so many things in different articles and different books about how literacy plays such an important factor in kids wanting to learn. And Jackson has shown so much interest in math and shapes and colors and all of that stuff just from books. If I’m not at home at bedtime, which I normally am, my husband always makes sure he reads to Jackson. Because I do not want that to ever slip.
What was the best piece of parenting advice that you received from your mother?
Well, I will say my parents don’t give me a ton of advice because they say I’m a great mom. But one thing that my mom consistently says is that I’m such a hoverer for Jackson... She tells me, "You know, just try to stay out of it as much as you can and let him work it out himself" -- and it is so true. It’s just hard as a mom to sit back and to not want to interfere because I feel like I’ve done that since the day he was born. But it is very true; they do figure it out on their own.
For somebody who is from a large family, how do you think that will play into your overall plan of you growing your own family? Also, what have you always enjoyed best about coming from such a big family who is very involved in your day-to-day life?
I think if you come from a big family, you feel like you have all the family that you need. So having a large family of your own is not super-important to me, but at the same time, I loved having brothers and sisters. I don’t know what it would have been like if I didn’t. As a child I always said, "I want to have one baby and I want it to be a boy," and that’s what I got.
But now as Jackson has gotten a little bit older, he’s asking, "I want a sister! I want a brother!" So I think that we will eventually expand our family and we do have plans to do that. Just whenever it's God’s time, you know.
Be sure to tune into the season finale of Chrisley Knows Best on Tuesday, June 14, and watch every episode from all four seasons here!
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.