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,

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

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

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!

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...

How to Feel “Gathered” this Holiday Season

The holiday season is officially in full swing, and we all know it’s going to be different from years past. Still, I’m determined to make it memorable, and I’ve got tricks up my sleeve...

Submit to Me Like I’m Someone You Love and Trust

Many years ago, my husband and I sat in a therapist’s office, divulging all our deepest couple cuts and wounds. We talked about all the ways we felt unseen, unheard, and unfelt. In all...

The Sylvan Learning Method: A 4-Step Confidence-Boosting Plan

It feels like the never-ending year, and yet it just started. Am I right? The reality is, learning is different right now for many kids, and that means as parents, we’re in the trenches figuring...

Critter Club :: Weekly Animal Fun at Fairview Town Center

This weekend my kids and I did something we haven’t done in a very long time...we got out of the house and were social!  Okay, I know, this is a challenging topic, but hear me...

Sylvan Learning: A Great Solution to a Massive Problem

If you're a mom of school-aged kids like me, we've got one major thing on our mind: How is my kid going to catch up after being out of school for so long? In a...