Candace Cameron Bure and her gorgeous family are featured in the June/July 2010 issue of Parents Canada magazine. The former Full House star opens up about her happy home life with her husband Valeri Bure and their kids Natasha, 11, Lev, 10 and Maksim, 8, and shares her thoughts on parenting in today’s technology-laden world.
On her cell-phone free kids: “Almost all of my daughter’s friends have one. So I hear it almost everyday, ‘But mom, I’m the only one left in school that doesn’t have my own cell phone.’ I’m like, ‘Great! Good for all of them.’ It doesn’t convince me to give her a cell phone. Sure, a phone can be convenient at times. We have a spare cell phone with a number that is not used very often. So, if our kids are somewhere that we feel they need to have a phone, I can give them that phone. But really, it doesn’t happen often. My son is in the fourth grade and I would say that 50 percent of the kids in his class have their own cell phone. Fourth grade. Nine- and ten-year-olds. They have iPhones!”
On Facebook & Twitter: “No! [My daughter] doesn’t have a Facebook account or a Twitter account. She doesn’t even have her own computer. This was the first year we allowed her to have an email address and that’s because her school is very progressive with computers and doing work online. I am so overly protective when it comes to technology because there are so many dangers associated with it. We have had a few instances in our family where our children have seen inappropriate things on the Internet. We monitor it as closely as we can. At this age there is not a chance she will have a Facebook account. The more kids that have Facebook or Myspace and the more parents that allow it makes it that much harder for the parents that don’t want their kids to have it. There is pressure from the other kids upon our own kids. It gets tough.”
On their summer plans: “We are incredibly involved with our kids, especially in the summer. For the most part, we are home every day with them. Living in L.A., we are at the beach every single day. Our house is only three blocks away from the beach, so we are pretty much beach bums. We boogie board and skim board and throw the football and Frisbee. We are a really, really active family. We are with our kids practically 24-7. I think my kids would probably like to get away for a week or so to a camp, because they probably get tired of being with us all the time, but I love it. The time passes by so fast, especially as a parent and you see your kids growing every year. I just want to spend as much time with them and enjoy every year as much as I possibly can.”