updated 06/07/2012 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/07/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
While his wife Mariah Carey has been photographed vacationing in Capri, Monaco and Morocco with their 13-month old twins Moroccan and Monroe, Nick Cannon stuck around to take the reins behind the camera – directing his first feature film.
But, he admits, it’s very hard being away from his family, especially now that the twins have recently taken their first steps.
“I try to not go seven days without seeing them. I’ll be with them this weekend,” Cannon, 31, tells PEOPLE from the Norwalk, Calif., movie set of School Dance, a coming-of-age comedy that he co-wrote and is also producing.