Our son Lev, who is older, saw his brother playing and he wanted to give it a shot, too. So, now that my boys are playing hockey, my husband is coaching some of the teams that they are on. My husband is much more invested in hockey than he ever thought he would be when he retired.
One concern that parents have today is the Internet and social networking sites. How do you handle that?
Candace Cameron Bure: I handle that very cautiously. Natasha is still 11 years old, so I have to keep that in mind when making decisions. She is not a part of any social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. I don't allow it because I don't think at 11 years old she needs to be on that. She does have an e-mail account, so she can e-mail her friends who live in Florida. The Internet, again, is a wonderful tool, but it is very scary. We have already had some situations where they see very inappropriate things on the Internet, which eventually opened up for some really good discussions, but it is really scary as a parent. Pornography being the No. 1 problem because of pop-ups that come up, or when they go to play games and they click on links that seem to be something game-related, but they go to pornography sites. It is scary and we try to monitor as closely as we can what they are watching and give them specified times on the Internet, so we can see what they are doing.
As a mom, I go back and check the history to make sure there weren't any that were clicked that were inappropriate and, if there were, we talk about it.
"Make or Break It" is set in the world of competitive gymnasts, which means the storylines deal with teen relationships, possibly sex and mean girls. Are your children allowed to watch your show? Do you have concerns about their teen years?
Candace Cameron Bure: My daughter watches it with me. Obviously, I know what the show is about, but I preview it because I don't know the final edit. I will watch it beforehand and we will sit and watch it, so if there are things that I don't think are appropriate for her at this age to watch, we just fast forward through it. Most of the show has been great and she loves it. I guess only time will tell. She is turning 12 and we are getting more into teen-related topics to discuss, talk about and navigate through. I just hope that we are instilling good values at a young age that she and my boys will be able to make good decisions, but you never know. We will see.
I hear you are also turning author and writing a book?
Candace Cameron Bure: I do having a book being released in January. The title is Reshaping it All: A Motivational Tool for Physical and Spiritual Fitness.
What was the inspiration for it and what are you trying to get across?
Candace Cameron Bure: I used to write a monthly column for an ezine. And I have had so many women over the past five years want to talk to me about fitness, and how I have managed to lose the baby weight and be in even better shape now than when I was 20 years old. That is what this book is about: answering a lot of the questions women have for me about health and fitness. For my perspective, it was all part of a spiritual makeover.
You are also involved with the Skip1 charity. Can you talk about why of all charities this one appealed to you?
Candace Cameron Bure: Skip1 was founded by a very close friend of mine. Skip1 feeds children all across the world. What is unique about this charity is 100 percent of the dollars that you donate go to feeding the kids, which is really unheard of. Even the charity itself covers the credit card fee that you pay if you donate online. Skip1 is all about skipping something: skip a lunch, skip a mani/pedi, skip a carwash. Skip something and what you would have spent on yourself, you donate to skip1.org. It is not about having extra money at the end of the day, you don't have to find that. That sacrifice is what these kids, men and women have to sacrifice everyday that don't have food or clean water.
Through the end of October, I have a contest going on that is being presented on Twitter and Facebook, raising $6,500 for the Lumbrera de Caballona School in the Dominic Republic. My mom visited the school in May, and they do not have a kitchen and they have only one toilet in the school. The kids literally go days without being fed. I have taken it on myself to have a kitchen built and a few bathrooms. I have some cool prizes that I am giving away -- a phone call from me and some merchandise from my website. You can go to skip.org and go to Candace's page , but the actual donation goes through Facebook so we can track it.
So what is your best mommy tip for Just Mommies readers?
Candace Cameron Bure: I have three kids so I like having fun with them, but sometimes choices we make or decisions we have to make … everyone wants something different. So what we do in my family is, say we are going to a restaurant but everyone wants to go to a different place, we make a game out of it. Everyone writes down the restaurant they want to go to, we throw it in a hat and either my husband or I will choose, but we don't tell the children. We just all get in the car and it is secret what place we will end up at. It makes it fun for the kids and no one gets upset. We try to make a game out of an everyday situation.
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