Jennifer Slingerland Ryan

Jennifer Slingerland Ryan
Jennifer Slingerland Ryan knows a thing or two about kids and families. First, she knows they are joyous, exhilarating, loving and so darn fun. Second, she knows they suck your life dry and make you weep like a baby. By day she’s a psychotherapist; by night she’s a mom and wife. She claims to love therapizing couples, educating parents, reading dystopian fiction and sleeping in her free time (read: she never sleeps). Jennifer is a mom of twins, two 15 year olds. Her youngest is...a joy. Let's just stop there. Most days you can find her in her office seeing clients, doing laundry, loading or unloading the dishwasher, or catching up on the latest episode of Real Housewives of (Insert City Here), Walking Dead or This Is Us. She is a tree-hugging country girl from West Texas who reads, writes, and teaches about human development and families as a hobby and profession. You can read more from Jennifer at her therapy blog,

Good Enough Parenting is Good Enough

When your child professes their boredom, do you offer suggestions or suggest they use their imagination? For example, do you suggest your children go outside to play? Or, do you come up with a...
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Easy, Fun, Free Summer Activities for Kids

Summer break is right around the corner! It can be fun for kids and relaxing for parents when you plan ahead a little and include some imaginative activities, like telling stories about summer camp...
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Secure Attachments in Relationships Means Good Mental Health

Secure attachments to other humans are vital. It's Mental Health Awareness Month, and I want to bring to light how humans fare better with safe, secure attachments to people (i.e., we don't do well...
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IEPs, 504s, & How to Advocate for Your Kid’s Learning Differences

A child's learning difference presents new challenges in child-rearing. We parents generally have the same goal for our children, don’t we? We just want them to be happy, healthy, functioning humans now and for a...
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In Honor of World Health Day: Managing Post-Pandemic Trauma

Each year on April 7, the World Health Organization celebrates its anniversary with World Health Day! Each year on this day, the WHO seeks to draw attention to a specific health issue that concerns people...
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Bullying or Normal Teen Behavior? How to Connect With Your Teen

Is this normal teen behavior or...? Remember way back in middle school when all you cared about was who wore what, who’s listening to who, and how you styled your hair?  There was so much pressure to...
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Great Hearts Online School :: Shattering Remote Learning Misconceptions

This post has been sponsored by Great Hearts Online. All opinions are 100% our own. If you’re a parent considering homeschool (or online school), you’re going to want to hear this!  Our world flipped, turned upside...
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Time for a Gut Reset :: How to Do a 10-Day Sugar Detox

Gut health, schmut health. If you’re like me, you consume what would be considered an extreme amount of sugar through the holidays. With all good intentions, I enter the season with the goal of...