Candace Cameron Bure on being an empty nester: It went so fast


Candace Cameron Bure is facing an empty nest. I won’t pretend that I don’t enjoy the irony in writing that the star of Full House and Fuller House is an empty nester. But that is the truth, in fact. The 43-year old mother of three is all alone now that her 18-year old son, Maksim, has followed his 21-year old sister, Natasha, and 19-year old brother Lev’s lead and flew the coop. Candace was on Good Morning America promoting her latest book, her second children’s book called Grow, Candace, Grow when she discussed her feelings about her kids all being out of the house.

Candace Cameron Bure is in unchartered territory as a mother.

The Fuller House star opened up Tuesday about life now that her children— daughter Natasha, 21, and sons Lev, 19, and Maksim, 18 — no longer live at home.

“My son turned 18 yesterday. My baby,” Cameron Bure, 43, said on Good Morning America. “And it’s crazy, I don’t have any kids at home anymore. It went so fast. Everyone says that, but when you’re in the position you realize how fast it goes.”

However, her husband, retired ice hockey player Valeri Bure, feels much differently about having the house to themselves.

“He was like, ‘I finally have time to do everything I wanna do,’ ” she said.

The actress also joked with the GMA hosts about a recent video she shared on Instagram showing her reading a children’s book to her dog, Boris.

“I’m reading to Boris now because he is the only one I have left at home,” she said. “He is my big, 130-lb. Rottweiler. He is ginormous. His head is twice the size of mine.”

[From People]

My children still live at home so I can’t comment on what it’s like to have an empty nest. I am curious what it will feel like and if it really will go as quickly as they say it does. I am also sure it will sting to not have my kids around, so I won’t poke fun og Cameron for this. Plus, I am slightly jealous that she has this kind of freedom at 43 and I won’t know it until I’m pushing 60. So I’ll just suggest a few ways Candace can fill her time instead. Perhaps she can read some endorsements for presidential candidates and think about voting for someone who isn’t a traitor. Or, she can take a look at the Bible she is so fond of and count how many ways her candidate broke with its tenets. Or she could write another children’s book and make the subject acceptance and speaking out against discrimination rather than siding with those who practice it.

I suppose I could practice what I preach and turn the other cheek so I will say something nice. I haven’t read her children’s book yet, but I have tried to write one and it is so very hard. Grow, Candace, Grow is about patience and, assuming she didn’t infuse her right-wing ideologies into it, then I applaud her because this is a great lesson for kids. Also, I was impressed with how she supported her co-star Andrea Barber when she spoke up about depression and anxiety.




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  1. L84Tea says:

    That photo of her in the white pants suit. Wow, she looks incredible.

  2. Mireille says:

    She looks good. I can’t believe she has 3 adult children. She looks so young.

  3. Noodle says:

    I had a later-in-life “Keflex” baby, and now have a five year old. When he was born, I’ll admit I had a little “My life of independence is OVER” regret, since by then, my girls could get themselves up and dressed, fed, and would leave me to sleep in on the weekends. Now that he’s a bit older, I’m realizing how he will allow me to have a bird in the nest longer, and how much comfort that brings me. It helps that he’s a sweet little guy and humors his Mama’s hugs and affection. All that to say, I know I’m going to have a hard time when my kids start moving out, because I enjoy them and enjoy spending time with them – and they enjoy me too (I don’t want it to sound like I’m an intrusive Mom who is over-involved or overbearing to satisfy my emotions). I don’t know how I will reconcile my “need” for them as a companion, with their need to set off on their own. I’m not sure how to prepare for this emotionally, either. What work can I put in now to make it a little easier for me then?

  4. naomipaige99 says:

    I’m sorry I wouldn’t read anything she wrote. Cannot stand her. I’m sure she’ll throw some BS in the book about being submissive to her husband.

    • Redgrl says:

      Came here to say exactly that! She is one of these women believes that all women should be submissive to their husbands. Which is a fancy alt speak way of promoting an agenda that hates women and wants to take our rights away. Any children’s books that she writes, any speeches that she gives, any attention she tries to seek is at its heart an attempt to take women rights away from us and send us back into a secondary role. She is a disgusting and dangerous human being and I’m extremely disappointed that she received positive press here. This is white washing her white homophobic sexism pure and simple. This mainstreaming of her horrible anti women propaganda is not just bad it’s dangerous.

    • MoreSalt says:

      +1 Lady is low-key terrible.

    • Paula says:

      Yes! And I remember that she once said about marriage “One has to be the pilot and one the Co pilot, you can’t both be in charge!” and I thought “Hmmm.. There is a whole book written about how each one of the major plane crashes (where it was human fault) happened because the pilot didn’t listen to the co pilot and acted on his own rather then working as a team of equals.”

    • EM says:

      A little late to the party but isn’t she also a Trump supporter? I thought I read that it was b/c of “religion”.

      Read further down & confirmed she is a supporter and a religious zealot.

  5. Polyanna says:

    It’s nice that you tried to give her some credit for things she’s doing that aren’t total bullsh*t. But honestly, I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t try to give her any props for anything. Her ideologies are incredibly harmful, backwards and awful. She gets no credit from me.
    I hope her children can be well and successful and rise above the insanity they were surely raised with.

  6. LadyLou says:

    Candace looks incredible, glowing skin, great body… makes me kinda regret not having kids really young and enjoying the later years.

  7. Sayrah says:

    She looks great. I’m 2 years younger than her and I won’t be an empty nester until I’m 55. Eek

  8. paranormalgirl says:

    I’m a semi empty nester. My kids are in college. I have peace, quiet, privacy, some freedom, and then BAM! They’re home and it’s beautiful, wonderful chaos again.

    • Ali says:

      That’s the best of both worlds!

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      As a new empty nester, I am jazzed to reclaim space, organize, revisit my rusty French and rustier piano skills. I do miss them, but we text daily.

      The hardest part (so far) is helping the dejected dogs to adjust.

  9. McMom says:

    She looks fantastic. My daughters love her show, so I’ve seen a few episodes….it’s ok. She’s cute in it, but it’s not great.

    I read her comments about being submissive. I understand her rationale and don’t necessarily have an issue with her thought process (it’s not my approach, but it’s also not my marriage), but I can’t get past the word. The whole “meekness, not weakness” concept doesn’t make sense to me. But again – not my marriage.

  10. Sean says:

    She’s a Trump supporter and has crazy eyes. That’s all I have to say.

  11. Trillian says:

    As the mom of a 16 yr old who is currently costing me my last bit of patience and an almost 4 yr old in full tantrum mode, I envy her.

    • PlaidSheets says:

      I have a twelve year old and am due with another little girl in April. This comment strikes fear into my heart.

      • Trillian says:

        They can be totally sweet, both of them. But I would LOVE to have the house to myself sometimes.

  12. Normades says:

    Full disclosure (pun intended) I shouldn’t watch her and Aunt Becky’s show but I do with my 9 year old. It’s mindlessly entertaining and so 1980-90s sitcomish.

  13. ChillyWilly says:

    I’m not a Christian so I don’t believe in turning the other cheek. This woman is garbage. Her bigoted beliefs are garbage and IMO that makes her a garbage parent.
    Also, I doubt she wrote the book on her own. She doesn’t appear very bright.

  14. stormsmama says:

    She works out with Kira Stokes
    I highly rec following Kira on instagram- her strength work outs are incredible

    No comment on the religious stuff except to say no thanks

  15. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Ugh. She’s a traitor of human civilization. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Candy.

    I’ll never be a lone empty nester. With my kids so drastically apart in age, it simply won’t happen. My youngest is in 8th. My oldest, 29 (crikey) is getting married, and they want babies ASAP. My middle son, 22, is in the Air Force and very busy with his linguistics studies, but he has this long-distance relationship with a girl he’s been dating since high school. I love her. I can see them together in the future with a baby or two. I haven’t had real alone time since I was very early 20s and didn’t realize I needed to cherish it lol. I will confess to getting very emotional when the oldest and middle moved out. And to this day, when we text, I can get all nostalgic and stupid. ;p

    • Your cousin Vinny says:

      Heck, my little one is barely nine months and I’m already having a hard enough time with the idea of moving my baby out of my bedroom. I’m in for a bumpy ride!

  16. Texas says:

    I cannot stand her. Cannot STAND HER.

  17. Lucky Charm says:

    It does go by extremely fast. I was 41 when my youngest turned 18 and moved out (for the first time, lol) and the freedom I enjoyed at having no children at home was great. Now they all have kids so my house and free time are spent with the grandbabies, but it’s so nice to be able to play with them and send them home. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love all the time I can spend with them and going to their activities, but it’s nice I don’t have to raise them, like so many of my high school friends that still have their own teenagers or younger kids at home for the next decade.

  18. Kkat says:

    I can’t stand her. She is in a fundie cult I was forced to grow up in and the brainwashing is insane. So I’m sure she has ruined her kids too. There is a huge difference between being an actual Christian and what she is, because she ain’t that.

    My kids are 14 and 24 (boys) my youngest probably will always be with us unless some big changes happen.
    My oldest is out but he comes back to soak up mama time.
    He’s asleep next to me right now, it’s so cute and I totally enjoy it. He’s a big gruff guy so it makes me happy he still needs cuddles. 😁

  19. Allie says:

    She used to recommend on her website the books To Train Up a Child and Shepherding a Child’s Heart. I checked them out from the library and read them and they were the most vile books I’ve ever read. So I have no doubt your right, I’m sure she did ruin her children.

  20. Marigold says:

    Well, I’m an evangelical Christian. I didn’t vote for Trump, and my husband is not “in charge” of me. I blog about the Bible, so I’ve read it a few times (/wink), and almost none of this fundamentalist garbage she and her brother like to spout is in there–I mean, they use the Bible to support it, but you have to twist it pretty hard to get where they get with it. As a huge fan of Jesus, I get very upset with how badly he is represented by a handful of famous people in fundamentalist cults–I mean, churches.

    Having said all of that, this woman creeps me out. She is beautiful. She had a really rough childhood, and I’m glad she’s productive and functional after the mindgames and benign neglect she suffered growing up. I wish her well and happy…but she creeps me out.