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.)

I. AM. AN. IDIOT.

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?

Family Friendly Friday – 3.4.11 {Guest Post}

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 3.4.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

What is your favorite thing to do with your kids on Spring Break?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

Now that all the award shows are behind us, Spring is just around the corner which means Spring Break is almost here. I always find Spring Break to be a bit tough to schedule with working and making sure I devote more time to my daughter with her days off. I try and schedule a few fun things for her and I do to together and really cherish the time away from work. Maybe this week our family friendly picks can help you grab a few moments to cherish with your little ones!

Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above, I would love to get your feedback on what you do for Spring Break!

As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks: First, A Bug’s Life, a fun animated movie about what happens when ants need to enlist the help of other insects; second, Monsters, Inc., a fun family animated movie about how monsters really aren’t that scary. Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, March 4, 2011
Clambake, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM Elvis stars opposite Shelley Fabares as an oil heir who takes a job as a ski instructor in this light-hearted musical romp.
Who Do You Think You Are?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC Singer Lionel Richie charts his family history by focusing on his maternal grandmother’s ancestry.  Determined to figure out the mysteries surrounding her father, Richie takes an investigative voyage from Alabama to Nashville and Chattanooga, ultimately digging up a connection to the dawning days of the civil-rights movement.

Saturday, March 5, 2011
A Bug’s Life, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family A bumbling ant recruits a band of insect circus performers to help defend his colony from an army of greedy grasshoppers.
Who’s the Boss?, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Mother and daughter bond when Mona drags the workaholic Angela to a blues club.

Sunday, March 6, 2011
Earth: The Making of a Planet, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) National Geographic Channel Examining the events that led to the creation of Earth.
Monsters, Inc., 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Family A little girl accidentally enters the land of monsters, where she befriends two creatures who work at a “scare factory.”

Monday, March 7, 2011
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel During a Russo family vacation in the Caribbean, a frustrated Alex wishes her parents had never met.  After her wish is unexpectedly granted, she and her brothers work to reverse the spell before it’s too late.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) GMC Despondent over Ingrid’s death, Matthew leaves town. The family finds him working in a temporary town as a bartender. Matthew, with the help of his family and Peter Chow lets Ingrid go.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Suite Life on Deck, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Snakes escape from a crate on the ship and Woody tries to recapture them.  Meanwhile, Cody realizes he is unable to make Bailey laugh, and Maya learns that Zack has dated more girls that she thought.
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Minute to Win It, 8:00 p.m.  (Eastern) NBC A game show where contestants use household items to complete tasks in under a minute in order to win cash and other prizes.
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Camp Rock’s future is threatened by a rival music camp with rich resources.  Mitchie and Shane team up to save their beloved retreat and challenge the glitzy Camp Star to a performance duel to determine which place is better.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Finding Nemo, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Best animated feature about a clown fish who, with the help of a ditzy blue tang, searches for his missing son.
Antiques Roadshow, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS (check local listings) Season 13 begins in Palm Springs, where experts appraise a 1937 painting by American expressionist Clyfford Still valued at $500,000.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

I am very excited for the movie we have this week because the lead actor is one of my favorites, check out this fun family movie!  Check out below the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end for what age is appropriate. Enjoy!

RangoRango

Release Date: March 4, 2011

 

MPAA rating: PG

 

Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Timothy Olyphant

 

Running Time: 107 min

Johnny Depp is the voice of the funny Rango chameleon whose life gets turned upside down when he accidentally finds himself the sheriff in a Wild West town. Equipped with an active imagination and a friendly demeanor, this once ordinary lizard is thrust into a new reality and he isn’t quite sure what to do.

At times struggling with an identity crisis Rango is a lovable character and this cute animated story will give you lots to talk about from life lessons about what is important, to how you keep yourself true amidst tough situations.

The National Board of Mothers® does not recommend this movie for viewers under age nine.

 

 

 

It’s a wrap! I hope you find some nice moments to cherish with your little ones!

If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.

Family Friendly Friday – 2.25.11 {Guest Post}

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 2.18.11

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out section:

What do you love most about the Oscars?

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set

The Oscars are here! The Oscars are here! The Oscars are here! Being a lifelong movie buff the Oscars is one of my favorite times of year. I love the suspense and excitement leading up to the delivery of those beautiful gold statues. This week I am THRILLED to announce Jackson Murphy, a 12-year-old movie critic, will be interviewed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno! Family Values Cinema will be working with Jackson in the coming months and we would love your opinion about our new young, enthusiastic host for a soon to be announced weekly half-hour family centric entertainment news show.

The Tonight Show will air tonight, Friday February 25th at 11:35PM EST/10:35 PM CST and Jackson will be the second guest interview. If you are unable to watch the show tomorrow evening, you can watch a clip of the interview starting on Saturday here. Take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above, I would love to get your feedback on what you love about the Oscars!

As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

The family movie DVD pick for this week is a truly wonderful story about the importance of family and the bond we feel with animals. Enjoy!

TOUCHINGWILDHORSES_NBOMTouching Wild Horses

Directed by: Eleanor Lindo
Cast: Mark Rendall, Jane Seymour, Charles Martin Smith, Gloria Slade, James McGowan
Running Time: 90 minutes
Language: English
Year: 2002

A touching story about respect and how we all can learn lessons from each other about compassion, faith and family ties…

Lunceford: Nice story about respecting and valuing others.
Bartlett: Great Movie
Lechner: It is a touching story

Worth Noting: The story contains some mean and rude adult language, examples of adults arguing and the accidental death of the mother horse.

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parents Television Council. Here are my favorite picks: First, Bolt, to continue the animal theme this movie is entertaining for the whole family; second, It Happened One Night, an Oscars classic that will get you ready for all the Sunday Oscars excitement!

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, February 25, 2011
Bolt, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel The canine action star of a hit TV series, who actually believes he has superpowers, accidentally winds up in New York City and must find his way back to Hollywood, so he recruits a streetwise alley cat and a hero-worshipping hamster for his cross-country trek.
Who’s the Boss?, 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Angela discovers that Tony is moonlighting to finance his father’s apartment, but his father’s been dead for a year.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
It Happened One Night, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM  A spoiled heiress runs away from her father when he refuses to let her marry the man of her choosing, and ends up falling instead for the jaded, down-on-his-luck reporter who is secretly planning on cashing-in with an exclusive story about her. Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, this Frank Capra classic screwball comedy won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay.
Wizards of Waverly Place, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Justin’s class tries to get back into WizTech, but a pretty new student who is awful at performing spells threatens their chances.

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Dream House: Log Cabin, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) DIY An unexpected storm leads to repairs; the house inspection uncovers serious problems.
Minute to Win It, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC Part 1 of 2.  A family of five play the games in hopes of winning 1 million dollars.

Monday, February 28, 2011
Hooked, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) National Geographic Channel In Mongolia, Zeb Hogan tries to track down the elusive Hucho taimen, a species in the salmon family that can grow up to 6 feet in length and weigh up to 200 pounds.
Martha Stewart Show, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark Channel Celebrity guests and home projects are highlighted in this combination of do-it-yourself advice and talk show.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) MyTV A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography, and social studies.
The Emperor Waltz, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) TCM Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine star in this romantic musical romp about a salesman in Vienna who tries to woo a countess.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Middle, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Frankie clashes with Brick’s third-grade teacher, Ms. Rinsky, when Brick gets a D on a math test and Frankie thinks poor teaching is to blame.  But will Frankie and Mike pass when Rinsky makes them take a math test?
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, 8:00 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Tinker Bell must complete a dangerous quest before the Blue Moon rises in order to save Pixie Hollow from a terrible fate.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Antiques Roadshow, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) PBS [check local listings] Experts appraise antiques and collectibles from Des Moines, Iowa including circa-1838 E. C. Brewster beehive clock, an antique diamond and platinum ring, and bee-themed antiques.
Touched By An Angel, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark An embittered postal employee haunted by memories of Auschwitz helps a girl from a troubled home.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit www.parentstv.org

This week we have a fun date night movie featuring the adorable Jennifer Aniston and funnyman Adam Sandler. Check out below the National Board of Mothers® suggestion at the end for what age is appropriate in case you want to take the kids. Enjoy!

Just_Go_With_ItJust Go With It

Release Date: February 25, 2011

 

MPAA rating: PG-13

 

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker

 

Running Time: 150 min

Adam Sandler plays a plastic surgeon looking to find love and when he meets what he thinks is the one, his dedicated assistant played by Jennifer Aniston gives him a run for his money acting as his ex-wife.
The beautiful scenery of Hawaii mixed with Adam Sandler humor and the lovable Jennifer Aniston makes this a recipe for laughs and enjoyment the whole way through. A fun date night movie that will have you forgetting about your week’s worries and holding hands as you go home to the kids.

The National Board of Mothers® is not able to give this movie the Seal of Approval and does not recommend this movie for viewers under age fifteen.

 

 

 

It’s a wrap! I can’t wait to hear what you think about Jackson Murphy and the Oscars!

If there is something you would like to see on this blog, please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!


Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

Disclaimer: This is a weekly guest post on behalf of Family Values Entertainment. I am not being compensated for this post, but links included in this post may be affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words. Read more about my relationship with Family Values Cinema here.