Boys Built Better Episode Archive

BBB 032: Family and Show Updates

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BBB 032: Family and Show Updates

Oct 9, 2019 Season 2, Episode 4

Tune in for an update on where my family is now vs. when Boys Built Better started two years ago. There is more details in the episode, but for now, this is our last regularly scheduled show. Be sure to subscribe or like us on Facebook or...

BBB 031: Vaping 101

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BBB 031: Vaping 101

Sep 25, 2019 Season 2, Episode 3

Vaping has been all over the news lately, but if you are raising a young adult vaping has probably been something that they have been exposed to for a lot longer than the recent headlines. Today I am chatting with health educator Christa Timmerman...

BBB 030: Tough Conversations with Your Kids (Part 2)

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BBB 030: Tough Conversations with Your Kids (Part 2)

Sep 11, 2019 Season 2, Episode 2

Boys Built Better returns on NoCo FM with part two of our conversation recorded live at Heyday Fort Collins with guest Kori Wilford. Learn more about how to have tough conversations with your kids.

BBB 029: Tough Conversations with Your Kids (Part 1)

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BBB 029: Tough Conversations with Your Kids (Part 1)

Aug 28, 2019 Season 2, Episode 1

Earlier this summer, I was asked by my neighbor and friend Jennifer Little if I would speak at her shop Hey Day as part of its Hey Day grows series. We’d had several conversations about raising kids at our neighborhood get togethers and decided...

BBB 028: Starting Middle School (Rebroadcast)

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BBB 028: Starting Middle School (Rebroadcast)

Jul 31, 2019 Season 1, Episode 28

Reposting an episode from last summer about transitioning to middle school. In addition to my chat with parent Erin Dirvonas, I’m reflecting on how my son did during his first year. Listening to this again, it’s amazing how much stuff that she...

BBB 027: Transitioning to Elementary School (Rebroadcast)

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BBB 027: Transitioning to Elementary School (Rebroadcast)

Jul 17, 2019 Season 1, Episode 27

Re-airing last year’s episode about transitioning your child to kindergarten. Last year I was working really hard to get my youngest prepared and am know happy to report back that he had a great, successful year. Is your own child about to start...

BBB 026: Talking to Kids (of All Ages) About Sex (Rebroadcast)

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BBB 026: Talking to Kids (of All Ages) About Sex (Rebroadcast)

Jul 3, 2019 Season 1, Episode 26

Re-airing one of the most informative episodes of the show to date. I recently spoke with Kori at an event regarding having tough conversations with your kids. While we recorded that event and it will be available as an episode in the fall, we had...

BBB 025: Patreon and Our Personal Story of Depression

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BBB 025: Patreon and Our Personal Story of Depression

Jun 19, 2019 Season 1, Episode 25

A few weeks ago, I talked with Dr. Hector De Leon about adolescent depression. During that episode I mentioned our own experience with depression but in an effort to get his information out, I didn’t say much about our personal story. Today I am...

BBB 024: Boys Beyond The Ball - Choir and Vocal Performance

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BBB 024: Boys Beyond The Ball - Choir and Vocal Performance

Jun 5, 2019 Season 1, Episode 24

This time last year, my oldest son chose choir as his middle school arts elective. At this time, I think he chose it because he thought it was the easy route out (he was not a fan of the practice requirements of band). A year later and he not only...

BBB 023: Keeping Up with Academics in the Summer

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BBB 023: Keeping Up with Academics in the Summer

May 22, 2019 Season 1, Episode 23

Every time that summer rolls around, I make plan on how to keep my kid engaged over the next three months. This year, more than ever I am thinking about how the “summer slide” and how to keep up with academics. Find out the latest research on what...

BBB 022: Depression in Children and Adolescents

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BBB 022: Depression in Children and Adolescents

May 8, 2019 Season 1, Episode 22

“As many as 1 in every 5 teens experience depression at some point during adolescence, but they often go undiagnosed and untreated.” My own son was diagnosed with depression at the age of 11, but he had been suffering for probably a year before...

BBB 021: Raising Boys in an Era of #MeToo

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BBB 021: Raising Boys in an Era of #MeToo

Apr 24, 2019 Season 1, Episode 21

While planning content with SAVA for our consent series, the topic of boys in the era of #MeToo came up. I had seen some posts on social media raising concern for boys today and they had me wondering. Is it harder to be a boy today? What effect...

BBB 020: Teaching Children of All Ages About Consent

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BBB 020: Teaching Children of All Ages About Consent

Apr 10, 2019 Season 1, Episode 20

In honor of Sexual Assault Prevention Month, today we are talking about teaching your children about consent. The idea of consent has been coming up a lot in the media lately, so much so that now it can be added to the list of things that SHOULD be...

BBB 019: Understanding Harassment, Assault, and Consent

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BBB 019: Understanding Harassment, Assault, and Consent

Mar 27, 2019 Season 1, Episode 19

You cannot raise boys today without being cognizant of what that means in our current society. Recent events such as the #MeToo movement and the Kavanaugh hearings have placed the topic of consent on the forefront of my mind as a mom of boys. Not...

BBB 018: Coming Out and Supporting Your Son's Sexuality

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BBB 018: Coming Out and Supporting Your Son's Sexuality

Mar 13, 2019 Season 1, Episode 18

When does a child who is gay start to realize that? And what does coming out look like from both that boy’s perspective and his parents? Today we are chatting with my friend Leslie Lubell and her son Eli about one story from two perspectives....

BBB 017: Talking To and Teaching Boys About Money

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BBB 017: Talking To and Teaching Boys About Money

Feb 27, 2019 Season 1, Episode 17

All the Questions Man, have I been fielding a lot of questions about money lately. How much money do we have? Can we buy a Lamborghini? I want to go out to lunch with friends, can you give me some cash? All this talk prompted me to consult the...

BBB 016: Boys Beyond the Ball - Boys in Theater with Jason Peck

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BBB 016: Boys Beyond the Ball - Boys in Theater with Jason Peck

Feb 13, 2019 Season 1, Episode 16

"To Thine Own Self Be True"  -William Shakespeare In our first Boys Beyond the Ball episode, I am talking to Jason Peck director of theater at St. Luke’s School as well as the founder and co-artistic director of Thrown Stone Theater Company.  We...

BBB 015: Boys and Speech: Supporting Speech Development and Identifying a Delay

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BBB 015: Boys and Speech: Supporting Speech Development and Identifying a Delay

Jan 29, 2019 Season 1, Episode 15

I’ve been thinking about boys and speech. Maybe it’s because my nephew is in speech therapy, maybe it’s because my friend’s son is too or maybe it’s because I have concerns about my own 6-year-old. Do boys talk later than girls? What can I do as a...

BBB 014: Identifying, Diagnosing and Living with Dyslexia

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BBB 014: Identifying, Diagnosing and Living with Dyslexia

Jan 15, 2019 Season 1, Episode 14

“Dyslexia robs a person of time; accommodations return it.” –Dr. Sally Shaywitz   Learning to Read is hard enough as it is, right? But what if your child also has a language processing disorder? And how would you know?   Today I am talking with...

BBB 013: Connecting With Your Child and Supporting Emotional Development

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BBB 013: Connecting With Your Child and Supporting Emotional Development

Jan 1, 2019 Season 1, Episode 13

Happy New Year!!! My resolution this year is to continue to be there for my boys in a greater way than just checking in on homework assignments daily.  And today we are talking about just that.   I met my guest, Amber Olsen, through Facebook...

BBB 012: Farm School and Inspiring Boys to Get Outside

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BBB 012: Farm School and Inspiring Boys to Get Outside

Dec 19, 2018 Season 1, Episode 12

Laughing Buck Farm Today I am chatting with Rosemary Graff owner of Laughing Buck Farm in Fort Collins. Five or so years ago, a friend introduced me to this little gem in Northern Fort Collins and my children have been going there in some capacity...

BBB 011: Holiday Gifts for Boys

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BBB 011: Holiday Gifts for Boys

Dec 4, 2018 Season 1, Episode 11

What on Earth do you get a 12-year-old boy for XMAS?! This is what I typed into my search bar this weekend. He just had a birthday and he couldn’t even tell me what he wanted for that, now XMAS? In a way, I am glad. He understands that he already...

BBB 010: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Awareness

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BBB 010: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Awareness

Nov 14, 2018 Season 1, Episode 10

Today I am chatting with Shana Kagan, founder of Jedi Tedi about her son’s Complex Regional Pain Syndrome diagnosis. Since November is CRPS Awareness Month, I thought I would help shed a little more light on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. This is...

BBB 009: Creating Sexually Healthy Boys of All Ages and Talking To Your Son About Sex

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BBB 009: Creating Sexually Healthy Boys of All Ages and Talking To Your Son About Sex

Oct 31, 2018 Season 1, Episode 9

If there is one thing that has been in the news lately, it is boys and sex. The focus has been on violence and men behaving badly, right? Well, as a parent how do you combat that? How do you teach your own son to do better?  It starts by talking...

BBB 008: Sleep Apnea, Tonsillectomies, and My Biggest Regret

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BBB 008: Sleep Apnea, Tonsillectomies, and My Biggest Regret

Oct 16, 2018 Season 1, Episode 8

If I could go back in time: Sleep Apnea and Tonsillectomies Raising kids is full of ups and downs and there are definitely things I wish I could have done differently along the way.  If I could, for example, I would have changed the way I handled...

BBB 007: Raising High School Boys

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BBB 007: Raising High School Boys

Oct 2, 2018 Season 1, Episode 7

In the last of our series on transitioning to schools, today I am chatting with Alexis Karasek, a mom whose son just graduated high school.  In our other transitioning episodes, we focused on making a one-grade leap.  Since high school spans a lot...

BBB 006: Transitioning to Middle School

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BBB 006: Transitioning to Middle School

Jul 4, 2018 Season 1, Episode 6

Chatting with my friend Erin Dirvonas about transitioning to middle school. Since I have two kiddos making transitions this I have been thinking a lot about them.  Today I am chatting with my friend Erin about middle school and making the change...

BBB 005: Transitioning to Elementary School

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BBB 005: Transitioning to Elementary School

Jun 21, 2018 Season 1, Episode 5

Chatting with my friend Sydney Smith about transitioning to kindergarten. I’ve been thinking a lot about getting my own son ready for kindergarten and moving to such a big building.  We discuss academics, independence skills and tips to make the...

BBB 004: Surviving the Summer with Boys

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BBB 004: Surviving the Summer with Boys

Jun 7, 2018 Season 1, Episode 4

Solo Episode, chatting about all things summer! Organizing yourself and your kiddos, fun activities, keeping up with academics and staying sane!! Tip 1- Get Organized To Do Sheet – A few years ago, I used a “No Screen-time Until” sheet to this one...

BBB 003: Mental Well-being of Boys with Kyle Douglas

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BBB 003: Mental Well-being of Boys with Kyle Douglas

May 24, 2018 Season 1, Episode 3

Interview with Kyle Douglas, chatting about the mental health of boys with tips on how to raise boys to be mentally well and also information about what therapy is and when to utilize it. Show Notes Children’s book about taking care of yourself so...

BBB 002: Growth and Development of Boys with Pediatrician Roy Benaroch

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BBB 002: Growth and Development of Boys with Pediatrician Roy Benaroch

May 9, 2018 Season 1, Episode 2

Last Fall, at my oldest son’s 11 year checkup, the pediatrician mentioned the onset of puberty. Sounds silly, but I hadn’t really thought about it before and I certainly didn’t know about the changes my son was about to go through. (If you need a...

BBB 001: Welcome to Boys Built Better

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BBB 001: Welcome to Boys Built Better

Apr 25, 2018 Season 1, Episode 1

In this episode you will learn a little more about Boys Built Better and its host, Jessica Crow. Jessica is a mom to 3 boys aged 5, 9 and 11 who decided to get into podcasting after a particularly hard year as a parent. The Boys Built Better...