Dr. Magdalena Battles has a PhD in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Psychology. Her post graduate studies were completed at Harvard. She is a writer and conference speaker. Her specialties include parenting, child development, family relationships, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She shares her real life experiences and professional insights on her website Living Joy Daily and on, where she was named one of their top writers. She and her husband reside in Texas where they are raising their three young children, a dog named Max, and a handful of silkie chickens.

Dr. Battles has two books published: 6 Hidden Behaviors that Destroy Families: Strategies for Healthier and More Loving Relationships and Let Them Play: The Importance of Play and 100 Child Development Activities

She may seem all business, but in her spare time she enjoys camping with her family, visiting National Parks, reading fiction, decorating, organizing (parties, closets, etc…), shopping, spending time with extended family, and incubating/raising Silkie chickens. She is an active volunteer in her community and church (Gateway Church) in Southlake, Texas. She serves on the board for CASA of Tarrant County, which helps local foster care children and the City of Southlake’s Parks and Recreation board.