Which flavor of Laffy Taffy is the most disgusting? At what age should your child learn the truth about the fake-thumb trick? Why must the party who smelt it be held responsible for having dealt it? Join Scott Blumenthal and Michael Marino, creators of TheStraightBeef.com, as they help dads navigate these critical questions and a thousand more in The Compleat Dad Podcast, the world’s most trusted source of sage parenting advice. For more can’t-miss parenting counsel, visitthecompleatdad.net.
We’re back! In this very special return episode, Michael and Scott discuss the top 5 ways in which the pandemic has affected them—heck, lots of people—as parents. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.
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Our controversial Worst Game of Thrones Dads episode threatened drag ancient alliances asunder. We re-establish peace between houses in “Best Fictional Fathers of All Time,” a very special episode dedicated to dads who inspired us in profound ways, despite never actually existing.
We LOVE our kids—no doubt about that. Other people’s kids? That’s more complicated. Determined by four primary variables, outlined in this very special episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast, our feelings toward other people’s children range between the aforementioned LOVE and WHEN WILL THAT PUNK STOP WHINING?
Every dad starts with an A+ in fatherhood. No one's been accidentally dropped, no one's been fed milk that should have been smelled first, and no one's been shown a movie that wasn't even remotely appropriate. (We could have sworn Ghostbusters was rated G. Really.) In this episode, Michael and Scott discuss how quickly that A+ becomes a C- (tops).
Join Michael and Scott as they explore how having a preschooler changes the way dads think, communicate, and consider-if only for ourselves-whether that boo-boo in our tummy will require us to go poopy before saying night-night.
Infants are eating, burping poop machines. Toddlers are are eating, burping poop machines on the move. Join Scott and Michael as they list the five ways to prepare for life with a human wrecking ball. For new dads, veteran dads, and non-dads alike.
Join Michael and Scott as they list the ways in which becoming a dad changes everything: Things we once cared deeply about (like our own health and well-being) fall by the wayside, while things we never gave two craps about before (looking at you, paper towels) are now vitally important. For new dads, veteran dads, and non-dads alike.
Studies show that more than 80% or parental anxiety can be linked to the phenomenon of goody bags. In this special episode of The Complete Dad POdcast, Scott and Michael explore the shadowy origins or goody bags and offer practical strategies for dealing with them.
Allergies to toothbrushing, dishwashing, and toilet-flushing are serious medical conditions beyond our children’s control, but seriously—they can’t turn off one #&@#^*% light switch? That’s all we’re asking.
How well do Ghostbusters, Big, and The Bad News Bears hold up today? Settle in with some popcorn as Michael and Scott discuss the joys—and horrors—of sharing favorite childhood movies and TV shows with our kids.
Michael is a "thoughtfully plan and prepare meals" kind of dad. Scott is a "the food thing will just work itself out" kind of dad. Who's right and who's wrong? Find out in this special episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast.
What kind of weather-dad are YOU—Tornado Tom, Hurricane Harry, or Chance of Thunderstorms Chauncey? Join Scott and Michael as they explore how each type responds to adversity—and what happens when a Tornado Tom and a Hurricane Harry encounter each other in the wild.
In this episode, Michael and Scott offer responses to the age-old question, “Dad, can I pleeeeease have a llama [or some other insane thing]?” Plus, who will emerge victorious after a fierce game of “dueling diaries,” which pits father against llama-wanting son?
In this special Halloween episode, Scott and Michael list the five best and five most monstrous Halloween candies, as well as the top five ways to improve upon the greatest and weirdest festival of them all.
Kids get Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost. Dads get jack squat. In the latest episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast, Scott and Michael provide dads with much-needed magical beings of their own. Bonus material helps dads break the hard truth about Santa to their toddlers.
Short quiz for dads:
1. Is it OK to curse in front of your kids?
2. Which word is more potentially damaging to young ears – #%& or %!#&?
3. How come your #%&$ keeps %&?$ every five seconds? I mean, what the %#&?
Learn the answers to these questions and more in the new episode of The Compleat Dad, "Holy #%&$! You Curse in Front of Your Kids?"
What is the correct way to use “that’s what she said” in conversation? How should you respond if someone asks you to pull their finger? In this episode, Michael and Scott discuss these and other critical life lessons that every father should teach his children.
Join Michael and Scott for the dramatic conclusion of "It's A THING Now," a two-part exploration of parenting practices that were perfectly fine in the 70s and 80s but are now very much A THING. Taco Bell, anyone?
When did play dates—and not just going outside to play—become A THING? When did dads stop letting their six-year-olds sit behind the wheel? When did it become unacceptable for kids to eat like crap? In part 1 of “It’s A THING Now,” Michael and Scott explore parenting practices that were perfectly fine in the 70s and 80s but are now very much A THING.
In the second part of their Newbery Medal-winning series on the history of fatherhood, Scott and Michael examine the ways in which the release of A-ha’s landmark album "Hunting High and Low" irrevocably transformed the role of fathers in post-industrial societies.
In the inaugural episode of The Compleat Dad Podcast—the first installment in a gripping two-part series—Scott and Michael explore the long-misunderstood relationship between fatherhood in ancient societies and A-ha’s 1985 landmark album "Hunting High and Low."