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Publisher's Summary

Modern parenting is in a complicated place. By some estimates, fathers today spend seven times more time parenting than their dads did. And while there are a ton of parenting books, writer Stephen Marche says that most are aimed at women and are designed to make them feel like they are doing something wrong. 

Enter How Not to F*ck Up Your Kids Too Bad, an Audible Original. Across 10 chapters, Marche talks to real fathers and experts about thorny contemporary questions. He tackles everything from why yelling may be as bad as spanking to how to have tough conversations about racism in literature and how to talk to your kids about marijuana and porn in a way that won’t mess them up as adults…at least not too much. 

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Featured Article: 10 Best Parenting Audiobooks


As many parents know all too well, there’s no official guide on how to raise your child. From all the ways you can show love and affection to the more difficult acts of helping them grow through discipline, each kid—and each family—is unique in what they need. A one-size-fits all approach doesn’t exist, which is why finding the advice and resources that best speak to you are so important. With our list of 10 best parenting audiobooks, we’ve pooled together the top resources on parenting for all different styles and families, and parents looking for a wide breadth of advice.

Editor's Pick

Parenting is inevitably imperfect, but…
"After confessing to having yelled at my children in a particularly hangry moment the night prior, I asked Stephen Marche if he thinks parents should say they’re sorry after missteps. "Of course you should apologize to your kid" he told me. "I don't think showing vulnerability is ever a mistake. I really believe that." Marche also advocates for a nonjudgmental view of fellow parents (particularly when it comes to controversial approaches like free-range parenting), a realistic approach to how and when your kid should get a phone, and a surprising way of dealing with their inevitable discovery of porn. While it’s ostensibly directed toward the fathering side of the parenting equation, I can vouch for the fact that HNTFUYKTB has something to offer for us moms, too."
Courtney R., Audible Editor

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So good

Finally, something besides the preachy prescriptions of pediatrician authors. I love the voices of real moms and dads in this. It's a very fun listen, and something I took a lot away from!

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The one thing that changed how I am as a father

This book gave me a piece of advice that has changed me as a new parent: I do not use my phone or computer around my kid any more. Or at least, way, way less, and only when I have to. Thanks to this book I realized how kids seriously are effected by parents constantly staring at a screen, being there but not present at all. Its damaging and weird to be on our phones and not be paying attention to our kids, especially as fathers. We get a couple of hours here and there with our kids and we spend half of that time distracted by often total nonsense (social media, an email or text that can certainly wait) when our kids need affirmation, support, EYE contact. The book over all is a fun read, handles some questions I had not even thought of and gives real life insight with a good interviewer/host. There are no magic bullets. Just read/listen to this book and it will make you more conscious of your job. that's enough for me!

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Fantastic

It is fantastic, touches and questions some of most other same issues I have raising my child. It is open, inclusive and honest. His voice is beautiful and the format with other voices and interviews is genius. Thanks!

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Realistic and relevant

Fantastic listen with relevant points. The ideas shared on how to handle racist children’s books were great and put some tough topics in perspective for my wife and I. Thanks Audible!

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great Book

the story was well narrated and interesting.
I feel like I learned that dad's aren't alone and there are all different kinds of dads

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great book

loved the whole book. would recommend this to mothers as well as fathers. truly a good one to listen to if your worried about screwing up your kids.

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You’re going to F’up but that’s ok.

I loved this book, being a new dad. Turns out you”ll probably make some mistakes along the way but it’s okay, as long as you own up to it, and communicate with your kids all the times. Would recommend for any parents really.

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Interesting, entertaining and informative

I have a newborn, a toddler, and a preteen; and I really enjoyed this book because it covered many different point of views on parenting questions. I also liked how it was way lay back and funny.

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Well done

The author who’s also the reader share’s his and other experiences in addition to experts input on various points in this book. He lets the reader decide what to take and what not.
Entertaining, easy listening, insightful and would make you wanna go back and listen to it again.

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Not what I expected, very impressive!

I was expecting a boring how-to guide to parenting, despite the en-garde title. Instead I enjoyed a brisk, engaging, and personal exploration of various controversies in modern parenting. I think everyone could/should enjoy this audiobook, not just dads, or even moms.