“Fuller House” is coming to Netflix. Here are 6 parenting lessons from “Full House” that really matter

"Fuller House" will be a lot like the original. Here are 6 parenting lessons to take from the original show, as told by Danny Tanner.
Feb 18, 2016

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  • Parents everywhere are about to get a whole new batch of parenting lessons.

  • On Feb. 26, "Fuller House" — sequel to the '90s hit "Full House" — will debut on Netflix, bringing viewers back to the comical lives of the Tanner family. This time, though, it's once childhood sweetheart DJ Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure) at the head of the table, spending her time as a single mom of three after her husband passes away.

  • And after times get tough for our pal DJ, and after a small family reunion, her young sister Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and quirky best friend Kimmy Gibler (Andrea Barber) move in with her, setting the stage of a sight all too familiar to "Full House" fans — three adults, three children and a whole lot of comedy.

  • Viewers can expect a lot of the similar hijinks from the original. Reviews so far have highlighted how "Fuller House" is as much of a sequel to the original as it is a remake, relying even on old jokes and storylines to draw in today's viewers. Some have used this fact to criticize the new show, saying it's too much like the original and that it won't resonate with modern children.

  • Like the original, though, "Fuller House" harkens on its core family values, making it a worthwhile watch for families.

  • "When it comes down to it, both 'Full House' and 'Fuller House' have the same message at their core: It's all about family because that's where the heart truly lies," one reviewer wrote.

  • The new show will be a welcomed return to family TV, too, according to Romper's Jen McGuire. At a time when TV has become all the more edgy — like how "The Muppets," traditionally a show for children, has become peppered with profanity and promiscuity — "Fuller House" will bring back TV that parents can use as a way to teach their children important lessons.

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  • McGuire said she's sure the show will touch on some mature themes — DJ's time as a widow, how her friend Kimmy Gibler is a single mom, for starters — but still will relate back to real-world family issues.

  • "And at the end of the day, isn't that what parents should try to do sometimes — use television as a gateway to help their kids actually talk to them? Good on ya, 'Fuller House,'" McGuire wrote.

  • We definitely saw this with the original show with Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) teaching his children life lessons that parents could apply to their own family. Here's a look at six parenting moments from the original that will help get "Fuller House" fans psyched for the new show.

  • You'll always have family

  • In the show's pilot episode, DJ got upset with her father and family after she had to switch rooms. She threatened to sell her clothes in a garage sale. When her father asked her about the issue, DJ confessed she was upset she had lost her room and her mother all in such a short time. But Mr. Tanner reminded his daughter that no matter what happens, she'll always have family.

  • Driving lessons are never easy

  • All parents know teaching your child how to drive can be a whirlwind of tomfoolery. And so it was for Danny Tanner when DJ turned 16 and got her learner's permit. DJ was eager to play the radio and learn to drive, while Danny was a little cautious with teaching his daughter. The lesson? Understand that teaching a child to drive is no easy feat.

  • School is important

  • It was the beginning of a new school year, but Stephanie didn't want to go because she was afraid of not having any friends. But Danny, with the help of his friend Joey and brother-in-law Jesse, tried to convince Stephanie about the importance of education.

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  • Recent research has found that parents can be more influential in a child's learning ability than school itself. Using data from the National Education Longitudinal Study, researchers found that students excel in school when they have a vibrant family life, one in which parents are involved in their homework and constantly asks about school.

  • "The effort that parents are putting in at home in terms of checking homework, reinforcing the importance of school, and stressing the importance of academic achievement is ultimately very important to their children's academic achievement," Dr. Toby Parcel, co-author of the study, told Education Week.

  • Be weird

  • Danny Tanner never failed to show his quirky side. It didn't matter who was looking. He'd dance like a fool and laugh about it.

  • That may have benefited his children, as would benefit American children, too.

  • It's not surprising that dancing is one of the most embarrassing things parents can do to their children. A study in 2015 of 2,000 parents found that children feel most embarrassed when their parents dance in front of people in public. They also found public displays of affection with their spouse embarrassed their youngsters.

  • But these could be good things for children. After all, public displays of affection shared between parents can actually make children have better childhoods since those parents are likely to be happier. Maybe that applies to dancing, too.

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  • Be a kid

  • Sometimes during the run of "Full House," Danny Tanner executed some authoritative parenting. In this one instance, DJ had slacked off with some homework after spending too much time at work or at the mall. So Danny took a hard stance, telling DJ to leave her job and avoid the mall until she brought up her grades.

  • DJ contests that she struggled to find the balance between being a child and still holding a job. Danny tells DJ it's still OK to be a child, as long as you're also responsible.

  • This, for the most part, fits in with what experts recommend for parents — let children be children. As writer and mother Candidly Kim wrote for The Huffington Post, parents shouldn't concern themselves too much with their parenting style or their need to be accepted by other parents. Rather, parents should let their children grow up like children, allowing them to experience a fuller and more vibrant childhood.

  • "Parents want to hear that they're doing a good job, especially from other parents. Again, there is this massive push to always be perceived as this great parent but let's think about it, some of the great men and women we know were not the best kid growing up," Kim wrote for HuffPost. "Let children be children!!! Let's not rob them of their childhood by wanting them to be mini statues. They are humans just like us (in case you needed a reminder)."

  • Family always sticks it out … together

  • Leave it to the final scene to have a powerful message.

  • As "Full House" watchers will remember, one of the show's closing storylines included Tanner's daughter Michelle falling off a horse and losing her memory. In the final episode, though, Michelle suddenly remembers everything and asks how the family dealt with it.

  • "We stuck it out and got through it," Uncle Jesse says.

  • "Just like we always do," Joey adds.

  • Danny smiles and says, "Just like we always will."

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  • There's nothing more family than that.

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Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.

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