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  • How Not to F*ck Up Your Kids Too Bad

  • By: Stephen Marche
  • Narrated by: Stephen Marche
  • Length: 5 hrs
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  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (265 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 book 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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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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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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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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So great!

Very interesting and super helpful. I might have to listen to it again each year.

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Enjoyable Entertainment

Entertaining approach to topics with an engaging narrator. Not really a parenting guide but more discussions about different topics and including different perspectives.

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Entertaining

This was a freebie that was put on my list about 2 years ago and I didn't really pay much attention to it. I've got to a point where the content is fairly relevant to my life and gave it a listen.

In terms of information and entertainment, it's very good. The narrator is funny, fluent and it easy to listen to. for some reason I have a mental image of Penn Gillette from Penn and Teller when I listen to the audio book.

For parenting advice, most episodes are up in the air and don't have a hard and fast conclusion of what you should do. But perhaps that's just a fact of life when raising children, there are no absolutes.

Give it a listen, it's an easy, entertaining and informative series to spend your time on.

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Great listen!

I’m a new father, I love how they don’t tell you what to do. Through out they give their findings in a honest and true way which allows you to pick up bits and pieces which apply to you and your family :)

Great work guys!

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Very”American”

Too “ ok, lie down here on the therapists couch”. Some wisdom in there but way too much babble to get to it.

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Interesting and informative

Loved listening to this series, so interesting and informative. Would love to listen to more episodes, please make more!

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-2021

good, but for young children, not teenagers

liked the author, and easy to listen to, but not for those with teenagers or adolescents

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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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  • Tracy
  • 09-04-2021

Intriguing and eye opening

Very easy to listen to and relatable. Conversations are informative and light. It easily makes you think about your own situation and at the end of each episode I feel more empowered to approach parenting. I love that it’s not a idealistic super-parent tutorial but it’s practical.

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  • Miss E.
  • 26-03-2021

loved it

very good insight on fatherhood nowadays, I enjoyed that they added sensitive subjects and real life issues. many thanks 💕

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  • Karl
  • 27-09-2020

Good 👍

I found a few of these topics quite relevant. Good listen and execution. some lacked specific relevance such as racist books or porn but I assume it will become more relevant later on

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