The Official Average Boy Podcast

The Official Average Boy Podcast

The “Official Average Boy” podcast encourages children and parents to laugh and learn about God together. Hosted by Focus on the Family Clubhouse editor Jesse Florea and Christian comedian Bob Smiley. This podcast joins Focus’ already very popular “Official Adventures in Odyssey” podcast as great entertainment and faith-building fun. The 13 episodes of season 1 cover topics such as technology, reading the Bible, handling peer pressure, finding identity in Christ, sibling relationships and being part of God’s body.


September 30, 2022 19 min
The fall festival at Bob’s church is filled with fun, a family photo shoot and a parking lot full of pumpkins. What could go possibly wrong? First, Average Boy has to keep his clothes clean. And that’s not easy with all the strawberry ice cream and chocolate bars lying around. Then there’s the spider attack! Discover what happens when everything doesn’t go as Bob’s Mom planned. Also, Bob and Jesse give a listener some advice on how...
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Forests and snakes and electric fences, oh my! Bob experiences all these obstacles—plus some laughing birds—in his quest to be on time. After losing his backpack in a bullfight (really!), AB barely makes on time. On time to where? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out. You’ll also find out how his friend Billy saves the day. Plus, a “Jesse joke” fan writes in with a 5-star review and a great question about being friends with peop...
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July 29, 2022 15 min
Although the word no isn’t fun to hear, it can be a positive. You know? You will once you hear about Average Boy’s visit to an amusement park. After ignoring his dad’s advice and eating a “few” too many hot dogs, Bob joins his family on the roller coaster. Oh no! Bob and Jesse also answer a call-in question from a listener who gets in trouble a lot with his parents.

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June 24, 2022 16 min
Average Boy goes on a beach vacation with his family, but he forgets his flip-flops and burns his feet on the sand. Ouch! But not as ouchy as a crying boy who needs help to find his parents. With no lifeguards around, Bob and his brother, Brian, step up. Beach litter plays a surprising (if not icky) part in the rescue, so does the color orange. Orange you glad the color wasn’t banana. Find out if Jesse’s jokes are better than the l...
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May 27, 2022 18 min
Average Boy gets a job at Gus’s hardware store. Surprised? He is. He didn’t have the perfect interview. And he did knock over a pile of paint cans. But in the end, Bob shows Gus that he can be confident, respectful, polite and a hard worker—all great qualities for a casual employee. (You’ll have to listen to find out what that is.) Bob and Jesse also answer a question about finding your confidence in Christ.

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April 29, 2022 16 min
While Average Boy pays full attention (yeah, right…) to his Sunday school lesson, a new girl enters the room and causes a distraction. How embarrassing! Fortunately, Bob knows all about handling embarrassing situations. Bob makes a mental note to welcome her after the lesson is over and ends up embarrassing himself (big surprise). Speaking of surprises, Bob and Jesse win a major award! They also tackle the hard question of how we ...
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March 18, 2022 3 min
When Bob’s new book, Average Boy’s Above-Average Year, comes out, he can’t help but be excited about sharing it with his friends. But he didn’t expect them to play a prank on him! Between the librarian telling him to hush to his classmates checking out other books, Average Boy feels pretty sad. When his friends come through, though, his frown turns upside down as he realizes they are just playing with him. He also answers an import...
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February 25, 2022 14 min
Bob and his brother, Brian, get in a pre-Easter power struggle about who can hang out in the garage. As the older brother, Bob tries to be the bigger man. He also discovers that jumping on a pogo stick isn’t hard, unless you care about your body or owning nice things. In the end, Bob manages to mend his relationship with Brian—which is more than can be done for the Easter eggs that may or may not have been broken.

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January 28, 2022 15 min
This veggie tale digs into an epic gardening adventure. Will Bob’s science teacher get the “dirt” on what really happens to the seeds planted in Mr. Polvado’s backyard? Will Bob ever figure out what happens to his baby carrots? These questions and more—including Bob and Jesse’s favorite Australian animals—find answers in time for a harvest of fun.

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December 24, 2021 16 min
In this monumental, momentous 60th podcast, a furry, masked substitute teacher visits Bob's music class. Okay, actually Bob lets a racoon into the classroom. When Mrs. Brown returns and greets the ring-tailed intruder, she asks who's responsible ... and Bob knows exactly what to do. Speaking of knowing what to do, a listener wants to know what to do after seeing someone in her class steal something.

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November 26, 2021 17 min
Bob explains the joys of Mrs. Fox's cookie mitten – an ooey, gooey cookie that comes out of the oven and oozes into a person's hand in a mitten of deliciousness. Mmmm. Go get the milk! Then hear how AB's bike ride with a big box of Christmas goodies goes downhill ... literally. Fortunately when Bob admits his misfortune, Mrs. Fox surprises him with her response. Jesse and Bob also answer a question from a listener who l...
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October 29, 2021 16 min
Bob falls asleep in school. That's the bad news. The good news is that he decides to change his habits so he can get more rest! (OK, the truth is ... his dad helps him see there's a time for everything.) With all of his renewed energy, Bob wrangles some chickens, dominates his homework and comes up with a great answer to a listener who asks, "How do we know Jesus is with us when we don't even see Him?" After thi...
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September 24, 2021 16 min
When Bob visits a flea market and spots a metal shake plate, he learns an important lesson. And it's not – Shake plates make your vision blurry. Eventually, Bob clearly sees that listening to his parents always keeps him safe. Speaking of avoiding danger, Jesse and Bob discuss talking to birds and answer a listener question about social media.

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August 27, 2021 14 min
Bob’s first day of school – and this podcast – don't go as planned. The bus is early, the students look huge and there's a new bus driver. But that's not the biggest surprise! In the end, Bob finds out smartphones can't rescue us. Family and God are way better. Bees are also good, and they're always buzzzzy. Ha! What is the deal with Jesse and bees? That question may be answered, too.

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July 30, 2021 14 min
Past failures can lead to future success. That's what Bob has discovered. By learning to let go of past flops and flips (did we mention there's waterskiing in this podcast), Bob doesn’t quit and eventually achieves victory. Bob and Jesse discuss how past failures shouldn't stop us from trying new things ... or growing closer to Jesus. Failure is part of life. Instead of being an end, we should see it as a new beginning.

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June 25, 2021 15 min
Eating carrots is healthy, so is having a positive attitude in difficult situations. When Bob goes to Camp Last Resort, he quickly realizes the word “resort” is a bit of a stretch. Instead of letting a moss-filled swimming pool ruin his camp experience, Bob chooses to be positive. He also learns that gravity doesn’t work too well on him. And don’t miss Bob’s response to a listener who has a problem of “getting way too mad.”

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May 28, 2021 14 min
Bob takes piano lessons . . . make that lesson. But he keeps practicing, because that’s the only way he’ll become a famous musician. Bob’s parents and neighbors are so moved by his musical abilities that they move the piano to the barn—right next to his drums. In the end, Bob discovers having people who encourage developing your talents is super important. He also finds out that Jesse knows a lot of jokes about sea life.
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March 12, 2021 14 min
Jesse thinks Bob has forgotten his birthday, which leads to a discussion of their favorite holidays. As fun as they are, they also create certain stresses. Whether it's Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Boxing Day or Jesse's birthday, it's always good to show love and be patient with each other. The truth is, the best part of any holiday is being together with family and friends to celebrate the true meaning of the speci...
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March 5, 2021 15 min
Bob and Jesse begin the podcast talking about heaven – there's nothing more positive than that! Then they look at the different elements of positive communication. It's more than just words. Communication includes tone of voice, body language and a bunch of other stuff. As we communicate with people in our lives, it's good to remember Proverbs 16:24, "Kind words are ... sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the b...
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February 26, 2021 16 min
A rest isn't something just used in music. Baseball players need it. Actually, we all need it. Bob and Jesse talk about slowing down, taking time to rest and getting enough sleep. When we rest, we rejuvenate our minds and bodies. A podcast listener calls in with a question about purpose, leading to a discussion about our ultimate purpose being found in knowing, loving and serving Jesus.
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