Former child actress Candace Cameron Bure is known for her role as DJ Tanner on Full House and its Netflix spinoff, Fuller House. On the reboot of the classic sitcom, Candace resumed her character of DJ, except this time she’s not a teenager but a mom of three!
And in real life, Candace actually has three kids of her own. The celeb married NHL hockey player Valeri Bure, of Russia, in 1996 and they have three children: daughter Natasha (born in 1998) and sons Maksim and Lev (born in 2000 and 2002). Through the years, Candace has made headlines for her controversial parenting beliefs, which are founded on her strong Christian values and have earned her comparisons to The Duggars.
Mayim Bialik is also a former child star, having famously played the titular character in Blossom from 1991-1995. Since then, the celeb went on to earn a PhD in neuroscience and has gotten back into acting - currently she’s known for playing Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. Mayim is also a busy mother of two boys. She and her ex-husband, Michael Stone, share sons Miles (born in 2005) and Fred (born in 2008). Like Candace, she’s also made headlines for her controversial parenting techniques, which are inspired by her academic background.
Keep reading to see the ways in which these celebrity mothers parent differently and the same. We bet you’ll be surprised at how they run their households!
20 Candace Bure Doesn’t Allow TV During The Week
As you’ll find out, Candace has a lot of house rules for her three children. One of her biggest ones (and probably hardest to follow) is that electronics are an absolute no-no during the week. That’s what the weekend is for, we guess?
“We turn off the TV, video games and computer - except for homework - during the week,” the star once explained. “The TV's reserved for Friday night, Saturday and Sunday just because that's the time to do homework, and it makes it that much less chaotic in our house.”
Tons of parents are choosing to limit their kids’ exposure to electronics, so while this rule may be strict, it’s definitely not out of the ordinary.
19 Mayim Doesn’t Make Her Kids Say “Please,” “Thank you,” Or “Sorry”
While many parents work hard to instill good manners in their kids from a young age, Mayim actually doesn’t think it’s beneficial to always have your kids say things like ‘please’ or ‘thank you.’
“We talk about positive modelling. And believe it or not, it works. We talk about lowering other people’s expectations of when they will say it,” Mayim told Time magazine.
“Grandparents, for example, often expect pleases and thank you’s. We had to have conversations with them that we believe in teaching natural expressions of appreciation. Eventually, in a very age-appropriate manner, my children have generated ‘please,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry.’”
18 Candace: The Kids Have To Work Out Every Day
Fitness is a huge part of Candace’s life. Not only is her husband a former professional hockey player, but she fell in love with exercise and healthy living at a young age. So it’s no wonder she and her husband have strict expectations about how often their kids should be active.
“Since all three were born, we've talked about eating properly, a healthy food balance and why exercise is important for our bodies,” the actress told Parenting. “We've encouraged our kids to be active in competitive sports or have them exercise 3-4 days a week if they aren't.”
She continued, “My kids have been jogging since they were all five years old. Nothing major, but anywhere from 15-40 minutes. And they do basic fitness steps like push-ups, lunges, dips, and jumping jacks.”
17 Mayim Believes In Extended Breastfeeding
When her boys were babies, Mayim resisted feeding them solids until they were 12 months and also breastfed them for as long as possible. She breastfed her eldest son Miles until he was a bit over the age of 2, while she breastfed her younger son Fred until he was well past 3.
“I love that it's meeting a very valuable need nutritionally, immunologically and emotionally,” the star told Parenting of her reasoning for breastfeeding so long. “In the first days of a baby's life, he's taught that you know what he needs. It's one of the best lessons they can learn, and it only grows as they get older.”
16 Candace Makes Religion A Huge Part Of Her Kids’ Lives
Just like her outspoken brother Kirk Cameron, Candace is a devout Christian. She’s never been afraid to share her sometimes controversial views and the fact that she makes religion a huge part of her family’s life.
“Our marriage is grounded in the word of God. That's really it,” the celebrity has explained about how religion takes precedent in her marriage. “God is the core of our marriage, and the foundation and the blueprint for it is how we live, and being open and honest and communicating, but ultimately doing what pleases God, and not in a selfish manner.”
We have a feeling her kids are just as passionate about their beliefs, too!
15 Mayim's Family Co-Sleeps In One Big Bed
There are many experts warn against co-sleeping with a child (which is essentially sharing the same bed as your infant), as it increases the chance of SIDs. However, many mothers find this option works best for them because it keeps their baby close and allows them to get more sleep.
Prior to her divorce and while her boys were younger, Mayim said it was the norm for her and her husband to sleep in one big bed with their boys. As such, the celebrity has always been a huge advocate of co-sleeping.
“With co-sleeping, mama gets more rest — period,” she once said to Parenting. “If you're breastfeeding or baby needs soothing, baby is right there. You don't have to get up at all.”
14 Candace Follows Her Kids’ Friends On Social Media
Most millennial children would be horrified if their moms added their friends on social media, but it’s the norm in Candace’s household. She says it’s the best way to get to know the types of people her kids are surrounding themselves with.
“I'm an online ‘friend’ with as many of my kids' friends as will accept me. This helps me form a better opinion of the people my kids want to hang out with and what those kids are like outside of parental supervision,” she wrote in an article for Life Way.
“This is one of those areas where balance is guided by boundaries, which is all informed by knowledge,” she continued. “We have to understand the temptations as well as what our kids' friends are like in order to set appropriate boundaries and balance.”
13 Mayim Doesn’t Let Her Hubby Tuck The Kids In Alone
Some moms think bedtime should be the dad’s responsibility, since they were home with the kids all day. But even when her children were younger, Mayim was adamant about the fact that they should share the responsibility.
“We recently stopped nursing Fred at night, and it didn’t sit right with me to say, ‘I don’t want to deal with his crying for me at night,’ and make my husband do it. In my family and in my marriage, that’s wrong,” she told Green Child magazine.
She continued, “We, of course, take turns with hard things, but my reason for making him do something that he has no more skills at than I do, just because I don’t want to do it, or because it hurts… that doesn’t work for us.”
12 Candace Likes Being A Tough Mom
Candace knows she leans on the stricter side of things… and she has absolutely no problem with that! In fact, she likes being known as a ‘tough’ mom.
“I know my kids would agree with me that I'm a tough mom, because they've told me so,” Candace wrote in a blog spot for Life Way.“Though I don't think I'm the toughest out there, I hope I balance that toughness with plenty of love and affection.”
She went on, “The rules and boundaries that my husband, Val, and I have put into place are there for our kids' best interests. I see them as a sign of love, even though teenagers — and even some parents — might not view them that way at all.”
11 Mayim Had An At-Home Birth
Home births - which is what it sounds like: giving birth in the comfort of your own home- are getting more and more popular amongst modern mamas. Many find it to be more a natural, relaxing, and even enjoyable experience. Mayim is one of many famous moms who chose this route when it came to her deliveries.
“Being in the most comfortable place for me and having faith that my body was made to do this was the most reasonable way for me to have a baby,” Mayim told Parenting of why she went the au naturel route. Although this labour style may not be for everyone, it’s great that it worked out for Mayim and her family.
10 Candace Has Taken Away All Of Her Daughter’s Clothes Before
Candace had a creative idea for how to punish her teenage daughter that would really get the message across.
"Recently, we couldn't seem to find anything that was effective for Natasha, so I did what any mother of a 15-year-old girl would do,” the celeb explained a few years back. “I took away all her clothes, shoes, and accessories and left her with one pair of tennis shoes, one pair of jeans, one pair of workout shorts, two T-shirts, underwear, socks, and one set of pyjamas."
Any teenage girl knows it would be quite a bummer to only have one or two outfits. Just imagine how often you’d have to do laundry!
9 Mayim Believes In Attachment Parenting
Attachment parenting is a parenting philosophy that encourages the mother and baby’s attachment through ways such as physical closeness and high parental empathy.
Mayim said she learned about this parenting style while getting her PhD, and ever since she’s been convinced it’s the right approach for her family - she’s even written a book about it!
“I was in graduate school studying the hormones of human attachment as part of my thesis and started seeing the results of these kinds of parenting choices that these friends of ours were making,” the actress explained in her book Beyond The Sling. “The relationship between adult and children wasn’t based on them being told that they were bad.”
8 Candace Retired From Acting To Stay At Home
Candace was a busy child (and later adult) actress during her time on Full House. But when it came to a close, the star seemingly faded away from the spotlight. The mom-of-three has since explained that she had her children early on and made the decision to focus on them rather than her work.
"I'm so happy and thankful I made it a point be a stay-at-home mom,” Candace has said about not regretting her decision to take a step away from her work when she had kids. Given that she’s now starring on the reboot Fuller House, it sounds like things all worked out work-wise for her.
7 Mayim's Husband Was The Stay-At-Home Dad
Before Mayim separated from her husband Michael Stone in 2013, he was primarily the stay-at-home parent while she was the breadwinner (aka playing Amy Farrah Fowler on Big Bang Theory.
“I know some dads who might fit a more sensitive parenting stereotype. I think they’re awesome!” the actress explained to Green Child magazine. “But my husband’s not one of them. He is masculine but not brutish, and sensitive but not passive.”
She continued, “Because he is now the at-home parent, it’s nice that he meets all kinds of dads in our community. I can tell you, these guys don’t sit around talking about what their wives forced them to do that morning.”
6 Candace Only Chooses Roles Her Kids Could Watch
Candace admits she’s been choosier with her roles since having children. In fact, she will only accept acting jobs if she knows it’s something she’d be comfortable with her kids watching. So, no other sorts of scenes for Candace!
“I will only do family-friendly films or television,” the actress once explained. “They don't have to necessarily be Christian films, but I want to be in things that I'm comfortable having my children and husband watch. They come first in my life, not the film industry.”
We wonder if her family has weekly movie nights to watch Fuller House. Wouldn’t it be weird seeing your mom on TV?
5 Mayim Hates Yelling At Her Kids
One aspect of attachment parenting is that it doesn’t encourage parents to raise their voice at their children. Rather, parents should be as empathetic as possible and talk calmly and soothingly to their kids instead of lashing out. As a big supporter of this philosophy, Mayim tries her best not to yell at her boys.
“Someone asked me, ‘So you parent with no yelling?’ I said, ‘Oh no, I’ve yelled!’ But it’s not disingenuous to say that’s not something I go to,” Mayim told Green Child magazine. “Its something that happens because I’m a human and not perfect. But this is the framework we start from – that just because I can yell, and I’m four feet taller, doesn’t make it ok.”
4 Candace Lets Everyone Have A Say In Family Vacations
Some parents plan vacations without asking where their kids want to go. After all, it is the parents’ money and there are only so many times adults want to go to Disneyland (kids are another story!). But Candace says she always makes an effort to hear what her kids want to do vacation-wise.
“I think it's best to sit down and talk about what every family member wants out of the vacation so that everyone is really happy at the end of the day,” the mom-of-three once revealed. “If you can find a place that covers everyone's needs, and it's all under one roof, that's even better.”
3 Mayim Admits To Spoiling Her Kids
Some critics of attachment parenting say it leads to overly spoiled children. And while Mayim admits to giving into her kids’ wants, she doesn’t believe spoiling them is doing any harm. Rather, she believes being kind and caring are what will lead her boys to be successful, happy adults.
“Being kind to the earth is one example of how you act when people are kind to you. It’s not to say that the only people who care about the earth had parents who were kind to them,” she told Green Child magazine. “I often hear, ‘Oh, your kids are going to be so spoiled; the world is going to beat them up. They’re just going to expect everyone to love them.’”
2 Candace Is Already Letting Her Daughter Act
There are many celebrity parents who say they absolutely don’t want their kids to get into show biz. Rather, they’d have their kids focus on school and building a normal path for themselves. And while Candace isn’t pushing any of her children to get into the entertainment industry, she’s also fine if that’s what they want.
Her eldest child, daughter Natasha, has already done some acting work, including movies like Faith, Hope, & Love and Switched At Christmas, alongside her mom!. “My daughter's dabbling in showbiz, and she's done a few commercials. She's auditioned for some movies and shows, so I'm letting her pursue that. I'm OK with it,” Candace shared.
1 Mayim Thinks Co-Parenting Can Be Pretty Easy
Mayim and her husband Michael Stone were married for nearly a decade before they decided to call it quits in 2013. Despite the end of their marriage, the actress says they’re still on good terms for the sake of their boys. In fact, she makes co-parenting sound like a walk in the park.
"I still talk to my ex-husband's mother, and father, and grandparents, and aunts and uncles," Mayim told Today. "Divorce isn't the end of a family. It's the end of a nuclear family. It's the end of a family living in one house. But we still have responsibilities to each other's families, and to our children as a family."