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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 (106 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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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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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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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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Funny and informative

makes you really think about your parenting style and how to navigate in this new world

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Entertaining and Informative

Just great. A must listen for new dads and/or parents. Will definitely be implementing a lot of the tips I've picked up.

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Listen to this!

Very interesting and entertaining. A must have for the collections of fathers who ponder the kinds of questions raised in this series.

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relevant and relatable.

relevant and relatable. really enjoyed its approach. now we need an aussie one and more topics to be covered.

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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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  • jez
  • 02-11-2018

Great down to earth guide to parenting

If you are precious I doubt this book is for you! This is a great look at parenting in the modern world. I love how Stephen looks at a subject, gets all the info and provides an actual opinion!

Well worth the listen for any parent

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What gives?

Hugely enjoyed the episodes I could download (3) but then no option to download any more? Also no option to purchase. This is very misleading and unsatisfactory approach to giving out 'freebies'. Tried this with other stories and same result who on earth would want later episodes in a story with no opportunity to get the others????

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  • Alain Desmier
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Michael
  • 31-10-2019

Mostly relevant and totally entertaining

I really enjoyed every episode of this. Some of it I thought didn't apply to me personally but a lot of it does or will do soon. The narrator itd easy to listen to and the content held my attention which is definitely saying something.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-10-2019

1 star because I can't remove this from my list

1 star because I can't remove this from my list at all in any way

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  • Mr. M. J. Barrows
  • 16-07-2019

Refreshing look at parenting

I enjoyed each episode, though they are targeted at parents of older children,. Perhaps closer to teenagers in age. Steve takes a fun but factual look at a number of important and not often discussed subjects. We'll worth a listen just to reflect on how I as a parent would tackle these issues

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  • Ian Scott
  • 14-06-2019

Entertaining with ok advice

I enjoyed the narration and discussions and while the advice was good, most of it is just common sense. Still there were numerous entraining anecdotes.

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  • Andrew Lloyd
  • 21-05-2019

too much SJW patriarchy talk for me.

some of it was genuinely entertaining but the SJW talking points such as patriarchy and multi-culty ruined it for me. suggested follow-on chapter: the danger of SJW's on children