Boys Built Better

25 EpisodesProduced by Jessica Crow and NoCo FM

Boys Built Better is bringing you experts in all areas of parenting boys, from the normal everyday parenting stuff to big current day issues. Join me so we all can live a slightly saner life and do better for our boys, one episode at a time.Located in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado, NoCo FM is a … read more

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BBB 025: Patreon and Our Personal Story of Depression

June 19th, 2019


A few weeks ago, I talked with Dr. Hector De Leon about adolescent depression. During that episode I mentioned our own experience with depression …

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

June 5th, 2019


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 …

BBB 023: Keeping Up with Academics in the Summer

May 22nd, 2019


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 …

BBB 022: Depression in Children and Adolescents

May 8th, 2019


“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 …

BBB 021: Raising Boys in an Era of #MeToo

April 24th, 2019


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 …

BBB 020: Teaching Children of All Ages About Consent

April 10th, 2019


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 …

BBB 019: Understanding Harassment, Assault, and Consent

March 27th, 2019


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 …

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

March 13th, 2019


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 …

BBB 017: Talking To and Teaching Boys About Money

February 27th, 2019


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 …

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

February 13th, 2019


"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. …

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

January 29th, 2019


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 …

BBB 014: Identifying, Diagnosing and Living with Dyslexia

January 15th, 2019


“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 …

BBB 013: Connecting With Your Child and Supporting Emotional Development

January 1st, 2019


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 …

BBB 012: Farm School and Inspiring Boys to Get Outside

December 19th, 2018


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 …

BBB 011: Holiday Gifts for Boys

December 4th, 2018


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 …

BBB 010: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Awareness

November 13th, 2018


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 …

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

October 30th, 2018


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 …

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

October 16th, 2018


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 …

BBB 007: Raising High School Boys

October 2nd, 2018


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 …

BBB 006: Transitioning to Middle School

July 4th, 2018


Chatting with my friend Erin Dirvonas about transitioning to middle school. Since I have two kiddos making transitions this I have been thinking a …

BBB 005: Transitioning to Elementary School

June 20th, 2018


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 …

BBB 004: Surviving the Summer with Boys

June 6th, 2018


Solo Episode, chatting about all things summer! Organizing yourself and your kiddos, fun activities, keeping up with academics and staying sane!!

Tip …

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

May 23rd, 2018


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 …

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

May 8th, 2018


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 …

BBB 001: Welcome to Boys Built Better

April 24th, 2018


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 …

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