Last Man Standing’s Mike Baxter has an interesting relationship with daughters Kristin, Mandy, and Eve. Here are his best and worst parenting tips!
Last Man Standing is one of the smartest, more humorous comedies on television. The show, starring Tim Allen, is full of incredibly funny lines. Allen is never afraid to tell it like it is, especially when his character, Mike Baxter, is talking to his three daughters: Kristin, Mandy, and Eve.
Throughout the course of the show, Mike and Vanessa Baxter offer some great advice to their daughters. They help them during difficult situations. However, they sometimes make parenting decisions that completely backfire on them. Here are five useful parenting advice from the Baxters and five tips you don’t necessarily want to follow.
Best: Going Unplugged
Tim Allen’s character on Last Man Standing is much different than his role as Tim Taylor on the 1990’s comedy, Home Improvement. Mike Baxter is never afraid to express his concerns (or sometimes distaste) with the new generation. In the season seven episode “Cabin Pressure,” Mike decides to take matters into his own hands when he notices his daughters spend way too much time on their cell phones.
Mike and Vanessa take the family on a getaway trip to a family cabin. Mike challenges his daughters to unplug and stay off their phones. He convinces them that it’s more important to spend some quality family time together. While this creates some challenges, they make it work. Mike gets an A+ for this parenting lesson.
Best: Follow Your Instincts
Throughout the course of the show, Mike isn’t afraid to playfully insult Ryan, the father of Kristin’s son, Boyd. The two don’t get along, but there are very few times where Mike offers helpful advice and compliments Ryan.
For example, when Ryan doesn’t know how to be a father, Mike tells him, “You should do what I did, just go with your instincts. Follow your instincts. As far as being a parent is concerned, and that is about it, you are pretty spot on.” It’s nice to see Mike being nice to Ryan for a change.
Best: Offering Money Advice
In the season four episode “Mike Advises Mandy,” Mandy is struggling with her online clothing business. She doesn’t know how to pay taxes, and she needs help before her business fails altogether.
Luckily, Mike knows just what to do. He advises her to set aside money to help pay the taxes. He offers the best fatherly advice he can provide for his daughter, while still letting her make her own decision. Does she listen? Not particularly, but Mike gets a gold star for being a helpful father in this episode.
Best: Offering Career Advice
The Baxter daughters often seek their parents’ help with determining their future. When Eve wants to join the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and follow in her grandfather’s military footsteps, she talks about it with her parents. When Mandy is struggling with her fashion career, Mike and Vanessa are there to help.
In the seventh season, Mandy decides to change her career from fashion to real estate because she was failing at her job. Previously, Mike offered great advice: “When God closes a door, He builds a window.” Mandy uses this advice, even though Mike and Vanessa aren’t sure she should become a real estate agent.
Best: Showing Tough Love
Every parent sometimes needs to show some tough love to teach an important lesson. In the season seven episode “A Moving Finale,” Mandy and her husband, Kyle, are hesitant to move out of her childhood home and into their apartment. Mike finally puts his foot down and says if they don’t move into the apartment (that he rents out to tenants), then he will find another tenant.
This convinces Mandy and Kyle to move into their new home, but Kyle feels hurt by Mike’s sudden demands. Later, Eve explains to Kyle that Mike pushed him because he always wants what’s best for his children–including his son-in-law.