It’s without a doubt that Jodie Sweetin and Candace Cameron Bure have been good friends both on and off-screen for many years now. After all, they share a long history of playing sisters on the hit television show Full House and now the Netflix reboot, Fuller House. And while a lot of co-stars tend to have a falling out with one another, that has never been the case between Candace and Jodie. However, they do parent very differently.
Even though their personalities are very distinct from each other and they have opposing lifestyles, they support each other as co-stars, friends, and mothers. Both are raising their families but in very different ways. Candace doesn’t mind if her children follow in her famous footsteps while Jodie is a little more cautious about allowing her kids to dip their toes into the celebrity world. After all, both women know both the pros and cons of living and growing up in the spotlight as they experienced it first-hand.
With that being said, here are 20 different ways that Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin raise their children. Sure, they might be best friends, but when it comes to the way that they parent, they definitely do things very differently. Check out our list below and let us know what you think!
20 Jodie's Worry For Her Kids
If there is one thing that Jodie doesn’t want, it’s for her kids to have the same experience she had while growing up in the public eye.
Jodie once said, “I remember being young and people passing me things under the bathroom to sign, like under the stall. Like adults. We were [filming] at Disney World, and my mom went with me to the bathroom, and an adult woman came in and under the stall was like, "Can you sign this?" And I remember my mom being like, "Have you lost your mind? What is wrong with you? You don't do that! She is a child and you don't do that to anyone!" Who thinks that is a good idea? Someone.”
19 Jodie’s Hard Life
As everyone knows by now, Jodie Sweetin had plenty of ups and downs over the years. While she did manage to weather the storm, it hasn’t always been easy for her.
After all, being a part of Full House was the only identity she ever had. Once that role was done, she felt lost, isolated and unsure about what to do next for her future. And at her young age, she felt unnecessarily stressed over it. Jodie said, “It is kind of hard to figure out who you are when you've lost your job at age 13, when that was basically how you identified yourself.”
18 Jodie’s Perspective
Jodie knows that life isn’t what you see on television. That’s why she’s very protective of her kids and her family. Yes, she lets them appear in the spotlight, but she’s also very cautious about allowing them to dip their toes in the business.
“Life isn't like a Full House episode. There isn't going to be an easy out to every conflict. There is no milkman, paperboy, or evening TV.
There are good moments and bad moments and not everything will tie together nicely in the end. But that's life, and I think I'm finally starting to get it,” Jodie said.
17 Her Own Childhood
Needless to say, Jodie Sweetin has made plenty of headlines over the years that have been both good and bad. But with that being said, she has managed to turn her life around for the better. She’s now an actress and a mother who puts her family first. But she also credits her own parents for giving her a very normal childhood, despite the circumstances surrounding the nature of her work. And for that, she is incredibly thankful. Jodie has said, “I came from a very normal, un-Hollywood background. My parents provided me with every sort of normal upbringing that they could.”
16 Jodie Loves Being A Mom
Just like her best friend Candace, Jodie absolutely loves being a mom and everything that goes with the job. Sure, she might be a household name thanks to the massive popularity of Fuller House, but at home, she’s an everyday mom who does everyday things. According to Jodie, she also had very normal pregnancies with all the emotional ups and downs that you would expect.
In other words, she lost her mind just like the rest of us! Jodie said, “Of course, I have the emotional ups and downs of pregnancy, like crying for no reason and then the next day I can't even remember what I was crying about!”
15 Candace And Communication
When it comes to the way that Candace parents, it’s all about open communication. She loves to talk to her kids about anything and everything, regardless of what the subject may be. She also wants her kids to always feel comfortable talking to her about the good times and the bad, which is probably why they remain very close today.
After all, the Bure family is a very tight-knit family. Candace told BeliefNet, “It’s so important to engage with your kids constantly. I talk with them nonstop from really kind of intense and deep conversations to the fluffy stuff and the day-to-day.”
14 Jodie On Social Media
When it comes to social media, you either love it or you hate it. Some celebrities revel in the interaction they have with their fans while others stay completely away from it. For Jodie, she doesn’t mind letting her fans and followers see a sneak peek of what goes on for her behind the scenes. Jodie told Naluda Magazine, “I have amazing fans on social media!! My twitter and Instagram followers show such love and support, it’s amazing!! I try and post fun, positive things on my pages and lots of awesome pics of behind the scenes work stuff. And my kids… lots of my kids! Haha!”
13 Candace’s Take On Social Media
Just like Jodie Sweetin, Candace doesn’t mind posting photos of her life on social media. While she’s certainly gotten plenty of criticism over the years, it’s been a very positive experience for her. Candace told All Mom Does, “I love social media. I think it’s really fun. It’s a great way for me to connect with friends and fans and people who’ve grown up alongside me. But you know, I am who I am. What you see is what you get. I like to be honest and open. I try not to overshare but….I think it’s great as girlfriends we always want to feel like there is someone else going through what we are going through.”
12 Candace On Motherhood
Just like Jodie, Candace has had plenty of roles throughout the years. But if there is one that is the most important to her, it’s her role as a mother to her three children. In fact, she says that being a stay at home mom was one of the best decisions of her life. She got to be there for all of the milestones, both big and small. Candace once said in an interview several years ago, “I absolutely love being a mom….I wanted to stay home and be with them. My kids are a hoot and just so much fun to be with.”
11 Candace’s Kids In Showbiz
While there are a lot of people who are very skeptical when it comes to allowing their children (like Jodie) Candace seems to embrace it. As a matter of fact, she has no reservations about her kids wanting to follow her footsteps into the entertainment world.
She even likes to promote her daughter, Natasha, as an up and coming actress and model.
In fact, she’s even very proud of her, too. Candace has said, “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.”
10 Jodie’s Accidental Fame
Jodie admits that she wasn’t supposed to be a childhood star. She just happened to be in the right place at the right time and became one of the biggest child stars of the 1980s and early 1990s. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Jodie says that she spent a lot of her time growing up in front of the cameras, which is something her children are yet to experience.
Jodie said, “I actually never auditioned for 'Full House.' I had done a guest appearance on 'Valerie' as the next door neighbor's niece, and from that I got into 'Full House.' I was only five years old, and I was on the show until I was 13.”
9 Different Paths
Jodie says that while she is definitely grateful for everything that she’s experienced and accomplished in her life, she definitely would have taken a different path if it weren’t for her acting. Jodie told Backstage,
“I probably would’ve gone back to school to become a marriage and family therapist. I love working with families and working with people.
My history working in a [center] really gave me the opportunity to work with people [closely]—obviously not as a therapist, but I think it would’ve been something I would’ve pursued and gone back to school for had I not pursued my acting career again.”
8 Family First
Jodie makes it no secret that she absolutely loves doing what she does. But she also makes it clear that she’s a mother first, and a celebrity and actress second. As a matter of fact, she says that her kids give her the strength she needs to get through her day, each and every day. When asked what inspires her the most, Jodie said, “My children and my family. Whenever I have a bad day, or I’m tired, or things just feel a little grey, I look at the faces of my two daughters, Zoie and Beatrix and I know that I can do anything!”
7 Low-Key Life
Sure, Jodie might have had a reputation of being one of the biggest party girls in the celebrity world at one time, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. In fact, the only thing that Jodie loves these days if staying at home with her girls on the weekends. Jodie has said, “It depends on if I’m working or not, but when I’m just enjoying life at home, I’m usually up early getting my daughters to school, off to the gym, home to take care of business calls, cooking dinner and trying to balance my home and work life!”
6 Motherhood And Maturity
Candace says that while she’s done a lot of growing up over the years, it’s her role as a mother that has made her the most mature. Candace told All Mom Does, “
Being a mom grows your character in so many ways. It matures you. I’ve loved seeing that in myself. But then caring for another human being.
It becomes the most selfless thing you can do which is why you grow in your character. I love that. I think the best parts for me is when my kids just love me back when they hug on me and want to be with me. What’s not to love about being a mom?”
5 She’s Also A Strict Mom
Candace is a very loving and hands-on mom, but she’s also a very strict mom. There are plenty of rules and regulations that her children have had to abide by over the years. She makes no exceptions and has always emphasized that her kids’ school work should come first in their lives. Candace has said, “We turn off the TV, video games and computer - except for homework - during the week. 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.”
4 Candace’s Childhood
What makes Candace so unique is that unlike other childhood stars, she has always managed to keep her head above water.
There were never any embarrassing public meltdowns coming from her end. She even credits her parents for always keeping things calm and peaceful in her life.
Candace has said (via Brainy Quotes): “My mom and dad - they were always there. They were always on the set. They focused on our family life. The entertainment business wasn't the end-all. They weren't out to get the next big paycheck or the next big movie. It was about 'What can we do as a family.'”
3 Separating Reality From Television
Just like Jodie, Candace knows that life isn’t what it seems like on television. She knows that things can get very complicated and that sometimes she doesn’t have the answer to all of her children’s questions. But at the same time, she tries to keep an open mind.
Candace once said in an interview with Variety, “I’m an actress on a television show and I support all things that we go through as human beings and would love all our characters to explore whatever issues that are current in our culture and our society today and I’m 100 percent on board with that.”
2 Jodie’s Financial Difficulties
Unlike Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie has had some serious difficulties over the years. Not only has she had a difficult time staying healthy, but she also couldn’t find work in Hollywood after Full House ended its run in the 1990s. As a matter of fact, right after her first child was born Jodie found herself having a very hard time making ends meet. Her house was under foreclosure and she was “living on borrowed time” so to speak. Luckily, she managed to pull through and is where she is today thanks to the help of her close family and friends.
1 The Kids On Fuller House….
And while Candace’s kids are yet to appear on any of the Fuller House episodes, it looks like Jodie’s kids have already had cameos on the highly successful Netflix show. As a matter of fact, Jodie’s daughter Zoie appeared with Andrea Barber’s daughter Felicity in one episode. Jodie told Hello Giggles at the time,
“That was really fun and very full circle for us. To have our daughters be on a show that we were on when we were their age, it was this really crazy moment where I remember thinking, ‘I never in a million years would’ve thought that someday I would have kids [who] would be on the next chapter of this series.'"
Sources: usweekly.com, people.com, deadline.com, thehollywoodreporter.com, brainyquotes.com, okmagazine.com.