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,

Topgolf: Topping the List of Family Fun this Summer

Confession: Golf looks boring, and I’ve never wanted to spend what precious time I have with or without my kids figuring out how to swing a long, metal stick at some teensy, tiny ball...

3 Steps to More Mindful Meditation :: A Review of “10% Happier”

In my job as a marriage and family therapist, when I suggest meditation as a suggested method of finding personal joy and internal happiness, I almost always get a slight eye roll, if not...

Motherless Mothers: White-Knuckling It Through Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost here! Once again, this lovely time of year when children bestow upon their Moms symbols of love and gratitude, has arrived. Brunching as a family is the norm, and moms...

Mood Food: 3 Tips to Keep Your Energy & Mood Elevated

As a mental health counselor, there are a few things I find myself continually suggesting to clients as a path to mental and emotional health. While I personally think they’re all top priority, I...