All posts by Jennifer L.W. Fink

120: Hygiene Help for Tween & Teen Boys



Have a boy who hates to shower? You are not alone! When a mom recently asked the Building Boys Facebook group, “Anyone else have a teenage boy who hates to shower?” she was quickly inundated with support and sympathy. Personal hygiene, it seems, is not a priority for most tween and teen boys. Lots of … Continue reading 120: Hygiene Help for Tween & Teen Boys


118: Business Tips from a 12-Year-Old Entrepreneur



Boys can learn a lot by starting and running a business. Jen’s youngest son, Sam, bought his older brother’s lawn business two years ago, when the older brother moved to Tennessee (where he has since started another lawn care service). At age 12, Sam has a roster of 18 clients. He cuts and trims lawns … Continue reading 118: Business Tips from a 12-Year-Old Entrepreneur


117: Summer Jobs



Does your son have a summer job? Most boys don’t. In 1978, 60% of teens had summer jobs; today, that number hovers between 35 and 40%. Boys today are more likely to spend their days playing sports, brushing up on academics and traveling with family or as part of mission teams. (And playing Fortnite.) Years … Continue reading 117: Summer Jobs


110: Talk to Boys about Sex with Amy Lang



Amy Lang is a sex educator — and the mom of a teenage boy who is utterly mortified by his mom’s career. If anyone understands just how awkward talking about sex with your son can be — and how important it is to push through despite your the discomfort — it’s Amy.   Amy is … Continue reading 110: Talk to Boys about Sex with Amy Lang


109: Gun Play and Boys



Is Gun Play Really Okay? A generation ago, gun play was an acceptable part of childhood. Parents gave their kids toy guns as gifts — yes, even Red Ryder BB guns! (and yes, that’s A Christmas Story reference) — and boys regularly played Cops and Robbers and War both at school and in the neighborhood. Today, … Continue reading 109: Gun Play and Boys


105: Masculinity in the Age of #MeToo



What is masculinity? It’s a question that’s not easy to answer. But it’s an important one for parents and educators of boys to tackle because the primary question for all boys, is “What is it to be a man?” In this episode, Jen & Janet discuss: So-called “toxic masculinity” & the idea that boys are … Continue reading 105: Masculinity in the Age of #MeToo


104: Anger and Boys



“By age 9, the default emotion for most boys is anger.” — Michael Gurian It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless in the face of a boy’s anger, whether you’ve got a toddler throwing a temper tantrum or a teenager on a rampage. But learning to respond to boys’ anger with love and patience is … Continue reading 104: Anger and Boys


103: Sports and Boys Who Don’t Like Them



Sports are a HUGE part of boy world — and that’s a problem for boys who aren’t interested in or don’t particularly enjoy athletics. In this episode, Jen & Janet discuss: Why it’s so important for parents to separate their athletic ambitions from their sons’ How families can resist social pressure to sign up for … Continue reading 103: Sports and Boys Who Don’t Like Them