A Christian Mom’s Opinion of Fuller House

a christian mom's opinion of fuller house

I have to admit, I was a little giddy when I found out “Fuller House” was going to be a reality.

I grew up with Full House, and because I was the same age as “DJ” on the show, I always had a special connection with the issues she faced.

My family watches Full House on television every evening. My kids can name every character on the show, and they can still relate to the issues brought up in each episode. Sure, some episodes are goofy, and my kids cannot get past some of the clothes they wore, but for the most part, they love Full House and we all look forward to watching it together.

I’ve also followed Candace Cameron Bure through the years. As a professing Christian, I was proud of many of the stands she took on moral issues. It was nice to see that someone in the spotlight could still shine a little light for Jesus.

And then she did Dancing with the Stars. I was crushed. The racy outfits, dancing seductively with a man she wasn’t married too… just so much I disagreed with. So, I “unliked” her page on Facebook, and let it go. (Thank you, Elsa.)

Then, talk of Fuller House started. The middle school girl in me got all giddy. Maybe a little too giddy, because I didn’t bother to do ANY research on the show. (Where’s the hand to the forehead emoticon?) Not having Netflix, I hurried up and subscribed, just so I could tune into the show.

I assumed it would be just like Full House. I assumed I could watch it with my kids. I assumed it would be the next family show we would all love watching.

I assumed wrong. VERY WRONG.

Without any research on the show, my family sat down the night of the big premier, and set in to binge on the entire season that night. Minutes into the show, I had a feeling our plans were going to change.

We sat and watched the entire first episode as a family. I am still so ashamed of that. (Please note: this is proof that Christians are not perfect. I let MY desire to watch the show stand in the way of what I KNEW was right. And even worse, I subjected my children to it, because I wanted SO BADLY for us to love it.)


Really. Sometimes, I do dumb things. Really dumb things. Like subject my husband and my pre-teen boys to “Stephanie Tanner’s” breasts hanging out of her dress through most of the episode. Sigh.

As we were watching the show, and they revealed the red dress Stephanie was going to wear to the party, I kept thinking, “There’s no way she’s really going to wear that. DJ will make her change!”

I was convinced that Candace Cameron Bure – NOT DJ Tanner – would step up and say, “No way. Not on my show. This isn’t going to happen.” Like she had a little bit of that Jesus in her, and she would make it all ok. But she never did. Stephanie wore the dress, and I sat there and let it be shown on my television.

We finished the first episode, and then we sat there in dumbfounded silence. Had I researched the show, I would have known that the show was NOT going to be kid friendly.

(Note: I read an article that the creators made the show for the adults who had grown up with Full House. Like, when we grew up, we all left our morals on the cutting room floor? Is that really what they think of today’s world? But, with the amount of “Conservative Christians” that thought Fuller House was great, I’m guessing those creators are correct.)

We turned the TV off and found other things to do that night. No mention of the show was made again…

Until the next day. All night, I had tossed and turned, begging God to forgive me for allowing that show into my home. Thanking Him that my stupidity only lasted one episode (and that was with not even knowing what any other episodes held!).  When we got up the next morning, the very first thing I did was apologize to my husband. Over and over, I apologized for subjecting him to that. He kissed my forehead and told me he was just as wrong for not turning it off either. I’m thankful that he admits his faults and loves me through mine.

I spoke with a friend of mine who made it through the whole season. The things she told me made me SO glad we had shut it off and not gone on to another episode. Sex, drinking, vulgarity… I just don’t understand it. Then, I read this article that made me even more glad we didn’t continue watching. (Warning: If you are a follower of Jesus, that link will make you sad, sick, and angry. And if it does not, there’s something wrong.)

I expected so much more from the show. I expected it to be loved by my kids as much as Full House is. I never expected to be shocked and horrified by what I saw.

I think my biggest disappointment lies in Candace Cameron Bure, though. Secretly, I wonder what her brother thinks about her new show. With her “high moral standards” and her “love for Jesus,” I never, ever expected her to take part in something like this. Yes, we are all human. And, yes, we all do dumb things. (See above – and I’m certain I have many more stories I could share…) BUT, as a professing Christian in the media and all over social network outlets, I think she should be held to an even higher standard. Her role on Fuller House has set Christian women back a thousand paces. It is NOT OK to live a double standard. (Read James 3 if you need further explanation.)

The good news is, my hope is NOT in Candace Cameron Bure. My hope is in JESUS. He is the only one Who ever lived a perfect life. So, while people let us down, and while family shows are now becoming a thing of the past, I am thankful I can still trust in Jesus. And I am so thankful that He loves me… even when I do dumb things.

What are your thoughts on Fuller House? Were you as disappointed as I was?

#FamilyMovie Night This Saturday, Sept. 3rd!

It’s that time again! Walmart & P&G are teaming up for another fabulous Family Movie Night!

It all happens this Saturday night, September 3rd at 8pm/7C on NBC.family movie night

The movie is called Game Time: Tackling the Past, and it’s all about football.

Well, not all about football… there are some valuable lessons involved.

Here’s the synopsis from the Family Move Night website:

Pro football star Jake Walker is living the dream… or so he thinks. The veteran tight end is a fan favorite and on pace to set the all-time receiving yards record that will guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame. While working out at training camp, Jake receives an unexpected call from his brother Dean – their father Frank has suffered a major heart attack. Jake immediately leaves practice and returns to Riverton, North Carolina, the small hometown he’s avoided for nearly 15 years. Memories of glory and regret flood his mind as he returns to the family and friends he abandoned in pursuit of his career. Jake dutifully visits with Frank and Dean, but hurt and misunderstanding from the past begins to resurface, leaving him counting the days until he can return to his team. …Read More

Now, watch the trailer:

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It looks great, doesn’t it? And did you recognize some familiar faces – like Catherine Hicks and Beau Bridges?

I love football movies. Actually, my whole family does. If there’s football in a movie, it’s one sure way to get all of us gathered around the tv. This movie is sure to be no exception. We’re not missing it!

I haven’t watched Game Time: Tackling the Past yet. I watched the trailer with my son, Jace, the other day, and he begged me not to watch it without him. His birthday is on Friday, and he really, really wants us to watch it together. So, Friday night, Jace and I will watch an advanced screening of the movie. {I just didn’t want to wait until the last minute to tell you all about it!}  Then, we’ll all watch it together again as a family on Saturday night. I’ve already got the DVR set, and we’re ready and waiting for Family Movie Night to get here! My husband is really excited about the movie too. We saw the previews during our last Family Movie Night and he and Jace both said at the same time, “We’ve got to watch that one!” I’m telling you, if there’s football involved, the excitement level shoots through the roof around here.

I love Family Movie Night, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every movie that Walmart & P&G have put out so far. We’ve already purchased several of the movies on DVD so that we don’t have to watch them with commercials anymore because they get watched so much. I am so excited that Mom Central has allowed me to be a part of these campaigns to tell you all about these fantastic little movies. I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I have.

Remember: Game Time: Tackling the Past premiers Saturday, September 3rd at 8/7C on NBC.

Don’t miss it!

To learn more about Game Time: Tackling the Past, visit the Official Website.

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Will your family be watching?

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Who Will Be Crowned the World’s Greatest TV Dad?

Right now, ManofTheHouse.com has a contest going on to find out who will be the World’s Greatest TV Dad.

This is such a fun contest! It’s bringing back a flood of memories for me. They’ve got dads from the TV shows I grew up watching: Cliff Huxtable, Danny Tanner, Jason Seaver, Carl Winslow, Charles Ingalls, Tony Miscelli… as well as dads from the shows I currently watch: Phil Dunphey, Adam Braverman, Richard Castle, Eric Taylor.

Voting is in the early stages, so they’ve got 32 of the best tv dads paired up to compete against each other. Those that survive this round will go on to compete in the next round, as it will continue until the winner of the World’s Greatest TV Dad title is determined.

Vote for Your Favorite TV Dad

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If I could select the winner right now, I’d have to pick Charles Ingalls. He was a hard working man who loved his family more than anything. He was devoted, strong, and strict, but at the same time, he could laugh and joke and carry on. He gave his family 100% – and more.

I was so blessed to have a dad in my life that was like that. My dad worked hard, held a firm hand over us, and was the biggest goofball on the planet. (Think Tim Taylor.) I never, ever doubted that my dad loved me, because he showed me every day that he was here on earth. He’s gone now, but for the first 19 years of my life, I was the luckiest daughter in the entire world. Sure, my dad embarrassed the snot out of me. That’s what dads do. I’ll never forget all those years of playing basketball with my dad sitting in the stands at every home game. You could hear him shouting louder than anyone else in the gymnasium. I remember shaking my head in embarrassment, wishing he could be anywhere but there. But now, I’d give anything to look up in the stands and see him cheering my kids on at their games. I’ll never get the chance to see that, so I’ll just be eternally grateful that he loved me enough to come and cheer me on every chance he got… no matter how embarrassing it was back then.

Now, I’m grown up, married, with a family of my own. And the man I choose to marry is such an amazing father. He loves his kids more than words can speak, and you can see it in his eyes any time you look at him. He works hard, and he works a lot to support our large family, but he loves to goof off and have a great time as often has he can. My kids are so blessed to have a dad like him.

I have had a ball voting in the World’s Greatest TV Dad contest. I’ve picked all my favorite dads for this round, and I can’t wait to see who moves on to the next round.

Head on over to ManofTheHouse.com and check out the World’s Greatest TV Dad contest. Then, cast your vote for your favorite dads, and leave your thoughts in the comment section on any page – or every page, if you’d like!

Here are the rules, straight from ManofTheHouse.com:

There aren’t many. Vote as many times as you’d like, as often as you wish. Each new round of voting begins at 12:01 AM Monday morning and ends at 11:59 PM Sunday night. Share your favorites with your friends, get them on your side and get them to vote, then debate with other voters in the comments below. Tell us what you think makes dad great today – the attributes you believe make a good father and how the role has changed over the last 50 years.

Remember – vote early, and vote often to help your favorite dad move up in the bracket.

I can’t wait to see which TV dad is crowned World’s Greatest TV Dad!

Now tell me: Which TV Dad are YOU voting for?

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received promotional items to thank me for taking the time to participate.