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How Not to F*ck Up Your Kids Too Bad

Narrated by: Stephen Marche
Length: 5 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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From Audible Originals, How Not to F*ck Up Your Kids Too Bad is an irreverent 10-part guide to modern fatherhood. In each episode, author and Esquire columnist Stephen Marche tackles tough questions that every parent faces. From how and why to stop yelling at your kids to how to share your favorite books (especially when they are a little racist) to how to talk to your kids about pot - follow as Stephen engages real dads and experts on the thorny questions that parents face today.

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New step-dad here

This year I became a step-dad, and it has been the most rewarding and occasionally infuriating experience. This talkshow/podcast has given me plenty of tips and strategies for being a better dad, and I look forward to implementing them in our lives.

A few episodes start weak, but all of them finish strong and are supported by scientific evidence and a wide range of experts (real experts with experience and academic research, not pseudo-scientists).

If you want to be a better father, listen to this show. I highly encourage you to listen to episode 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 10.

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A good balanced view

Only able to find the last 3 episodes, I especially enjoyed the talks on porn and mobile phone. A well balanced view with nice personal touches.

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Relatable and funny

From the very first episode I couple relate to the experiences being discussed. it was great to hear a no-bs podcast for father's. Love it and hope there's more to come!

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Humbling, interesting, thought provoking

I really enjoy this podcast style narrative of so many different topics, some taboo, some not, some I'd never thought about.
It's interesting to see how others think and how they try and shelter their kids from the past, which I see as a way to doom them to repeat it.

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Thought provoking

A well balanced view of parenting. Some of it is common sense but it is well presented. Definitive advice is not given, the parent is given the various options. This is appropriate since parents and kids are very different and one size does not fit all. The podcast on smart phones was quite eye opening and is must for many parents.

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very good listen

I don't even think you need to be a parent to enjoy listening to this one.

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A must for all parents

Entertaining + educational. Stephen Marche is a brilliant storyteller! Highly recommend to all modern day parents.

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Informative

I really enjoyed the openness about every subject including the swearing. Why I agree that we should find ways of communicating with our children positively and productively, I do think that kids need to be exposed to all our feelings such as anger. Great narrator .. your voice is sexy lol

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Unflinching, humorous and full of good advice

One single dad feels less isolated and more connected as a result of this podcast.
Thanks. This is Important content.

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fun and educational

Steve talked about some of the major parental issues in a fun way. absolutely great!

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  • Al
  • 05-07-2018

Absolutely spot on

Every episode was utterly engrossing, true and funny. I'm a dad of a two year old daughter and the stuff on sex, on screens, on anxiety on being a father, on roles of masculinity in 'traditional' families, and on just being there, around, as a dad. This is all stuff i've thought about to myself but never dreamed I could hear other people describe. There is a bizarre code of secrecy when it comes to Dads sharing this sort of thing, and this series absolutely brings it out. The team should be commended for making such a thoughtful and entertaining podcast.

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  • GrimWeeper
  • 27-07-2018

Irreverent and Hilarious - A Must for Modern Dads!

This is a brilliant podcast for modern Dads. You may not relate with all of the topics but it is likely you will with the majority. Stephen is brutally honest about the trial and tribulations he has faced in Fatherhood and there are frank discussions with experts and other parents who have dealt with similar issues. All in all a very valuable use of your time for all parents. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Erin M
  • 04-10-2018

Great listen for any parent

I didn't realise this was aimed at men and so the first few minutes of the first show nearly had me reaching for the delete button. But I was intrigued so carried on listening. I am so glad I did because this is a great series. Funny and honest, the show takes you through topics such as pot and pornography and answers those questions you probably didn't know you wanted answers to. The episode about choosing a name got me thinking for hours afterwards and spurred many a conversation amongst my social groups. I found the topics really made me engage on a basic level and then the seed of thought carried on growing for ages afterwards. Not life-changing but a definite must listen.

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  • Ms. N. E. Moore
  • 01-12-2018

Lost in translation

I downloaded this as a free item for a bit of light relief.
From a UK perspective a lot of what is discussed is lost on me. There’s a chapter on choosing the right name for your child for example, where the couple are so incapable of choosing a name they employ a baby naming consultant. Considered pretentious here.
Another chapter, my dad the porn star really doesn’t apply to many fathers does it?
I found it all rather American appropriate than generic to fathers everywhere. Gained nothing from listening to it.

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  • kim
  • 09-12-2019

inspiring , thought provoking

lots of realy good advice from professional people and funny in parts. well researched and enlightening .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-2018

Awful

Was like listening to a group of men in the pub, talking entire nonsense. Save your ears.

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  • MR R J GREEN
  • 20-02-2020

Great for new Dads

I’m a new dad. 18months with a new one on the way. This definitely brings up the questions I have, other than have I changed the nappy correctly, otherwise the mum will kill me!
Defo listen and introduced to my partner, I’m looking forward to chatting about the interesting conversations it will start!

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  • Denisa Bernardová
  • 20-02-2020

perfection

The most genuine podcast I ever listened to. thank you! it's beautiful to see such honesty

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  • Mrs N Bisp
  • 04-02-2020

Insightful without being annoying

love these podcasts, insightful, honest and real life. Nothing more annoying than listen to ‘perfect’ parenting advise... who actually does that! This podcast gives you some great tips and inspires you to work harder at parenting but more importantly it makes you realise your not that sh!t, everyone’s just doing the best we can! Thanks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-2020

A really enjoyable look into parenting

This was a really engaging listen. Even though as a British Mum I am not the target audience there was still loads to relate to, laugh about and think about too! Will recommend to my friends.