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Luke Smallbone, Candace Cameron Bure Talk Joys of Parenting: ‘Training Up’

Photo from Luke Smallbone’s Instagram

Luke Smallbone, Candace Cameron Bure Talk Joys of Parenting: ‘Training Up’

By Movieguide® Contributor

For KING + COUNTRY singer Luke Smallbone joined Candace Cameron Bure’s podcast to discuss the joys of parenting.

Smallbone shares four children with wife Courtney—sons Jude, Phoenix and Leo and daughter Evie. He thought raising his daughter would be like parenting his sons but quickly found out he needed a different approach.

“I thought I was like, ‘Man, I got these boys. I figured out a few things out. It’s going to be fine,'” Smallbone told Bure. “And then I had to realize like she doesn’t enjoy, you know, directness in the same way that these other kids do.”

“It’s one of the cool things about parenting is because you’re training up these and and bringing up and nurturing these little human beings but man do they teach you so much about who you are and how you can be a better human being yourself,” Bure replied.

Smallbone continued, “I’ve said this before, I’m not a theologian, but that’s just what I have realized. If you want to be wise, have children because they are the foundation of wisdom because it’s not even about you trying to teach them and try to teach them wisdom. It’s the discovery of wisdom through actually realizing that you’re flawed.”

Smallbone’s kids have joined him while he tours with for KING + COUNTRY. His son, Phoenix, has toured with Smallbone since he was just eight weeks old and recently joined his dad on stage to play the drums.

“At a very young age he stated he felt God’s love when he played his drums- a very profound thing for a toddler to say,” Smallbone wrote on his social media. “It’s amazing to watch children grow and unfold into who they are. Yesterday he turned 9 years old. Now he’s the real life drummer boy on this Christmas tour with me- side by side. Giving our gifts back to the one who gave them to us.”

UNSUNG HERO, the movie about Smallbone’s family’s move from Australia to the United States when he was a kid, hits theaters on April 26.

“I think the power of family is more important now than ever in the history of the world, and we need to see those stories about family up on the silver screen,” he said in a video for “I Am Second.”

Movieguide® recently reported on UNSUNG HERO:

“Having heard the music, having watched the scenes, I think people are going to take away hope from this film,” said Candace Cameron Bure, who plays Kay Albright. “There’s redemption. There’s hope. There’s love. Go see UNSUNG HERO because it will just encourage you.”

UNSUNG HERO tells the story of Joel and Luke Smallbone’s family growing up. Their father, David, moves his family from Australia to America after his music company crumbles. While David struggles to provide for his family, their mother, Helen, keeps the family strong and is the force that allows them to endure hard times.

“The film is a love letter to motherhood and mothers,” said co-director Richard L. Ramsey. “I really love the way the film explores that different people in your lives saw needs and acted and that’s a miracle in its own way.”

“Because mom and dad posed it to us as an adventure, it was that and they didn’t seem scared, so we weren’t scared,” explained Rebecca St. James.

“Migrating around the world and taking leaps of faith and taking risks fighting for each other instead of against each other in these really dire and desperate moments,” added Joel Smallbone. “[The movie] hopefully just gives on small example of what it looks like to rise above together.”

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