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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...