Candace Cameron Bure on Her Real-Life Full House
After the series wrapped in 1995, Bure, now 34, left her well-known character and married professional hockey player Valeri Bure in 1996.
When her daughter, Natasha, 12, was born, Bure decided to focus on her family, which grew to include sons Lev, 10, and Maksim, 8.
ParentDish caught up with the busy mom, who recently returned to acting with a role on ABC Family's "Make It Or Break It." An edited version of the conversation follows.
PD: Does everyone still recognize you as cute little D.J. Tanner from "Full House?"
CB: Yes, and that is perfectly fine with me. That show and the cast were a big part of my life and I will always be proud of that.
PD: Do people have a hard time believing you are now all grown up and the mother of three children?
CB: Yeah, a lot of people don't realize how much time has flown by since that show was on TV. Either that or I am getting really old (laughs).
PD: It seems like there's a lot more peer pressure now than years ago. What do you do to help your kids avoid that kind of pressure?
CB: It is so difficult as a parent today, and I feel those pressure[s] are starting younger. Our faith is important to us for starters, but I am also active and invested in their life and teaching the difference between right and wrong.
PD: Your former co-star and TV sister Jodie Sweetin has gone public about her demons. As a mom, does it scare you that people so close to you can be so vulnerable?
CB: It doesn't scare me. I think people are who they are and we are all made differently. I have to parent my children differently in that I have to do things that are specific to them.
PD: Do you monitor what your kids watch on television and do on the Internet?
CB: Yes. There is so much more out there than [when] I was their age. While some are great and valuable tools, some of them can be dangerous, as well. As a parent, I am cautious as to what they watch and what they are playing. The key is to be involved and aware.
PD: You mention they watch TV. Does this mean you let them watch the reruns of "Full House" on cable?
CB: (Laughs.) Oh, definitely. It is fun for them and I don't think they see me as their mom when they see me as D.J.
PD: Since kids are curious by nature, what are some of the most outrageous questions your children have asked you?
CB: They are very aware about politics and when they ask me political questions I say, "WOW, how did you know that?"
PD: Have you dealt with bullies on the playground?
CB: Yes, on both ends. One of my boys once said something to other kids and it got physical and even my daughter got hurt. But we sat down as a family to deal with it. Life is about good times and hard times but we deal with it together. I try to teach them how it feels to be on the other end.
PD: How do you and your husband juggle three kids when you are shooting your new series, "Make It Or Break It"?
CB: Keeping our priorities in line is a must and, with me, family always comes first. Now that my husband is retired, he is with the kids when I am at work. The days that I am off, I take the kids.
PD: Having grown up on the small screen, would you let your kids pursue the business?
CB: Absolutely. In fact, my daughter has done a few commercials. She really enjoys it and has a lot of fun with it.
PD: Do you monitor the auditions she goes on?
CB: Absolutely. I read all of the scripts before she goes out on any audition.
PD: Do you watch over her differently because she is on the course of possibly becoming a child star like her mom?
CB: It is wonderful that I have the knowledge of growing up in this business and knowing how to navigate it. I have been in the industry for a while, and I know what to expect. I think it helps me as a mom to prepare her for what lies ahead. I want her to enjoy it.
PD: Since your daughter seems to like the camera, as a mom, do you get scared when you read about how some of these child stars like Lindsay Lohan are turning out?
CB: I watch over my daughter as much as I watch over my boys. I am a very involved and invested parent. As for the kids that did not get through it well, while it saddens me, I also think they did not have the right people to watch over them and look out for their best interest[s].
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