Thomas Rhett Shares The Genius Parenting Hack That Keeps His Kids Entertained

“Quit buying toys for your kids. All ya need is a laundry basket with wheels,” Rhett said.


Madeleine O’Connell

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February 6, 2023


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Thomas Rhett; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Akins Children; Photo Courtesy Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett is not gatekeeping his best parenting hacks. He took to social media on Sunday (Feb. 5) to post a video that gives his fans a glimpse into what his life looks like when he’s not on the road. In doing so, Rhett proudly showcased the household creation that he put together to keep his two youngest daughters, Lillie Carolina and Lennon Love easily entertained at home.

The video captures the country star pushing his girls down the hallway in a laundry basket on wheels. He even stepped it up a notch when he did a “360” and spun them in a circle. This simple DIY hack seemed to bring so much joy to their faces as they each smiled from ear to ear and belted out joyful laughter. 

“Quit buying toys for your kids. All ya need is a laundry basket with wheels,” Rhett wrote in his caption. 

Thomas Rhett may be a well-known hit singer/songwriter, but in special moments like this, he’s just a dad. He and his wife Lauren are parents to their four daughters, Lillie Carolina, 13 months, Lennon Love, 2½, Ada James, 5, and Willa Gray, 7.

In another recent Instagram post, Rhett shared a photo of his detailed to-do list that Lauren left for him while she was out of town.

First thing on the notecard was a reminder for him to start off the day in prayer. Then, she added bullet points for each of the steps Rhett needed to complete in the morning. He was responsible for getting all he girls hair done, loading the right bags and snacks in the car, giving Lillie a bottle and finally, sending them off to school for the day with a “joyful spirit.”

While the girls have all gotten to experience a bit of what their dad does for a living, it can still be a bit confusing for them when fans stop Rhett out in public and ask for a picture. 

During a recent interview on Audacy’s Katie & Company, the “Church Boots” singer recounted a day like this when his five-year-old, Ada James questioned why people are so interested in meeting him. 

“We were Christmas shopping up in downtown Franklin, and a few people asked to take a picture. Ada James looked at me, and she said, ‘Why do people like you?’ I love how blunt kids say stuff,” Rhett said. “I was just like, ‘You know Daddy sings music, and I think that those folks like Daddy’s music and they wanted a picture,’ and she was like,’ That’s so weird.’”

Rhett can relate to a lot of what his kids are going through since he had a very similar experience growing up with his dad Rhett Akins, who is also a famous country star. 

Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins; Photo Courtesy Apple Music Country

“I toured with my dad a ton,” he shared. “I mean every weekend during the summer, it was all I wanted to do was get on the bus with my dad to go to play these fairs and festivals with him. So I got to watch it quite a bit.” 

He added, “My kids love getting on the bus, they love getting in their bunks. They think it’s the coolest thing in the world…Getting up on stage during soundcheck and playing the drums and getting on the microphone, it’s pretty full circle cause it’s exactly what I used to love to do with my dad.”

The father of four is currently gearing up for the Canadian leg of his Bring The Bar To You Tour with special guests Jordan Davis and Kameron Marlowe. This set of shows kicks off February 9 in Vancouver, BC.

Later, he will hit the road for his summer run of the Home Team Tour 23, with special guests Cole Swindell and Nate Smith. 

He announced the news through a light-hearted video on social media while sporting various jerseys that represent the home teams of the many tour destinations during a mock press conference.

“HOME TEAM, this tour is for YOU! Hitting the road all across the US next year and bringing my buddies @ColeSwindell & @NateSmith with me,” Rhett’s caption read. 

Beginning May 4, Thomas Rhett will make stops in 40 cities and 27 states including Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky and more. He will wrap things up on September 28 in Birmingham, AL. He is next slated to appear in Vancouver on February 9.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.