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Jennifer Slingerland Ryan

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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 who are sweet as sugar, but just hit that tween stage so all bets are off. 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, ichoosechange.com

Women & Their “Irrational Mumbo Jumbo”: Dissecting the Universal Language of Humans

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Ever heard your partner say you were just “too emotional,” or worse, you’re “irrational?” A pause here for solidarity.  I’m a psychotherapist-creative, and my husband is an engineer. I’ve been there.  I wrote about how many women...

Is My Husband a Narcissist? Getting Clarity Regarding His Lack of Emotion

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Is my husband a narcissist? This is the most-asked question I get from women who are struggling in their marriage.  Wives are desperate to have their partners tune into their emotional needs, only to be...

New Hope Christian Academy: Themed Summer Camps Open Now

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You know how at the beginning of Summer, you’re all, “Woo hoo, I’m a free woman!” because you got a measly 30 minutes back to your morning? You no longer have to wake up...

How to Make Mom Friends in Midlife

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Have you ever been in a sea of people and still felt lonely and emotionally disconnected? Many people have only surface-level friendships that don’t allow for the self disclosure of vulnerability required for deeper...

6 Therapist-Recommended Couples & Marriage Books to Read Now

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Couples books can be a great form of marriage therapy! Every human on Earth wants to feel heard, seen, and appreciated. We choose close friendships and partnerships based on the desire for intimate connections and...

Athlete Training + Health :: Every Body is an Athlete, Even This Mom’s!

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Any idea what it’s like for a middle-aged Mom who prides herself on taking long, mindful, relaxing strolls to intentionally engage in a high-intensity, full-body exercise workout where every person is called an “athlete”?  Well,...

Galentine’s or Valentine’s Date Night Idea: Host a Blind Wine Tasting

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Over the years, I’ve both hosted and attended blind wine-tasting parties, and they end up being among the most fun gatherings! If you haven’t done one of these, and you like wine or champagne...

Local Holiday Small Businesses Round-Up :: Get to Gifting!

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It's that time of year again‚ shopping + gift-giving are both in full swing! For last-minute gifts (and beyond!), check out this list of small businesses in Collin County. What better time to avoid...