Upcoming Events

A calendar of upcoming events featuring Ann Douglas, author of Happy Parents, Happy Kids — a guide to thriving alongside your child — and Parenting Through the Storm — a guide to parenting a child with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge.

Interested in having Ann speak to your group? Please get in touch. She'd love to brainstorm the possibilities and provide you with information about purchasing copies of her books at a significant discount. 

Looking for ideas and inspiration?
     Descriptions of Ann's most popular parenting presentations 
     List of recent speaking engagements (2015-2019)

Fredericton Regional Family Resource Centre: Professional Series Presentation, Fredericton, NB
May
27
9:30 AM09:30

Fredericton Regional Family Resource Centre: Professional Series Presentation, Fredericton, NB

  • 732 Charlotte Street Fredericton, NB, E3B 1M5 Canada (map)
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Ann will be delivering “The Umbrella Workshop: Supporting Families Through the Storm” as part of this speaking series for professionals who work with families.

Event details:

  • Monday, May 27, 2019 from 9:30 AM – 11 AM

  • Charlotte Street Arts Centre: 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 1M5

  • This event is free, but a ticket is required.

Workshop description:

The Umbrella Workshop: Supporting Families Through the Storm

Wondering what you can do to make a difference for a child or a family who is struggling? Eager to learn how you can communicate your caring and support in a way that recognizes and builds upon the strengths of that family? In this practical and inspiring presentation, Ann Douglas will connect the dots between the growing body of research about family support and engagement and the real-world needs of children and families. After all, if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to support that child’s parent. Here’s how to be that village….

Learning objectives:

• Learn strategies for helping parents navigate difficult parenting challenges that can directly impact mental health outcomes in parents and children.

• Understand your role in supporting an individual with a mental health challenges—and the importance of supporting other family members at the same time.

• Discover best practices for building trust with families who are struggling—and in a way that is validating and empowering.

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Fredericton Regional Family Resource Centre: Professional Series Presentation, Fredericton, NB
May
27
1:00 PM13:00

Fredericton Regional Family Resource Centre: Professional Series Presentation, Fredericton, NB

  • 732 Charlotte Street Fredericton, NB, E3B 1M5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann Douglas will be speaking about “Journeying Together: The Why and How of Family Engagement” as part of this workshop series for professionals working with families.

Event Details

  • Monday, May 27, 2019 at 1 PM – 2:30 PM

  • Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 1M5

  • This event is free, but a ticket is required.

Workshop Description

Journeying Together: The Why and How of Family Engagement

Wondering what it takes to inspire families to engage with your organization in a sustained and meaningful way? In this thought-provoking and information-packed presentation, Ann Douglas surveys the latest research on family engagement in education, health care, and related settings and delivers a powerful action plan for organizations that are truly committed to engaging with the families they serve.

You’ll learn:

· What other organizations that have done ground-breaking work in the field of family engagement have to teach you about making authentic connections with families.

· How to apply the latest research on the science of family engagement to your own work with families.

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Fredericton Regional Family Resource Centre: FredKid Parent Series Presentation, Fredericton, NB
May
27
6:00 PM18:00

Fredericton Regional Family Resource Centre: FredKid Parent Series Presentation, Fredericton, NB

Ann Douglas will be speaking about Happy Parents, Happy Kids at this community event for parents.

Event details

  • Monday, May 27, 2019, from 6 PM – 8 PM

  • Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 1M5

  • This event is free, but a ticket is required.

Workshop description

Happy Parents, Happy Kids

Parenting doesn’t happen in a bubble. As parents, we can’t help but be affected by what’s happening in the wider world. Is it any wonder then that so many of us are feeling anxious, guilty, and overwhelmed? In this thought-provoking presentation, Ann Douglas highlights the broader cultural forces that have made everything about parenting feel incredibly high stakes. Then she pivots to solutions, explaining how parents have the unique opportunity to serve as agents of change in their families and their communities. Her takeaway message is clear, powerful, and potentially life changing: you can tame the anxiety, embrace the joy, and thrive alongside your kids while building a better world.

You’ll learn….

• how to boost your enjoyment of parenting while maximizing the health and happiness of your entire family at the same time

• how to minimize stress, boost your mood, increase your energy level, and safeguard your physical and mental health — and how to encourage your kids to do the same

• how to zero in on the most effective parenting strategies (parenting strategies that work for parents and kids as opposed to parents or kids).

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Langstaff Secondary School, Toronto, Ontario
Jun
3
6:30 PM18:30

Langstaff Secondary School, Toronto, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm. The presentation will focus on individual, family, and community resiliency. The key message is that kids are resilient, parents are resilient, and we can weather life’s storms together. She will share strategies for boosting resiliency (taking good care of your physical/mental health, using parenting strategies that work for both parents and kids, developing good coping skills yourself and teaching these skills to your kids). And she will emphasize the important role that the community plays in all of this. (If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to support that child’s parents.)

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Colchester North Public School, Essex, Ontario
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Colchester North Public School, Essex, Ontario

Ann will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm.

Presentation description: “Having a child who is struggling doesn’t make you a bad parent, just as being a child who is struggling doesn’t make your child a bad kid.” That’s a powerful and reassuring message to hear if you happen to be the parent of a child who is struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, an autism spectrum disorder, or a related challenge. In this encouraging and story-rich workshop, Ann Douglas shares some of her own hard-won wisdom about thriving as a family while weathering one of life’s many storms (the focus of her recent book Parenting Through the Storm). The workshop is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents. Expect a workshop that is kind, encouraging, and real and that leaves you feeling anything but alone.

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St. Christopher Catholic School, Mississauga, Ontario
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

St. Christopher Catholic School, Mississauga, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about “Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: A Stress and Anxiety Toolkit for Parents.”

Focus: Stress management and coping skills for parents and kids

All kids experience stress and anxiety. These emotions are part of being human, after all. But one in eight children experiences such a high level of anxiety that the child finds it difficult to manage at home or at school. In this thought-provoking presentation by Ann Douglas (a bestselling parent author who also struggles with anxiety), you’ll learn how to tell the difference between stress and anxiety (and why this matters); stress management skills for kids and adults; and anxiety management skills for kids and adults (what makes anxiety better, not worse).

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Coones Paradise Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Coones Paradise Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about Happy Parents, Happy Kids.

Parenting doesn’t happen in a bubble. As parents, we can’t help but be affected by what’s happening in the wider world. Is it any wonder then that so many of us are feeling anxious, guilty, and overwhelmed? In this thought-provoking presentation, Ann Douglas highlights the broader cultural forces that have made everything about parenting feel incredibly high stakes. Then she pivots to solutions, explaining how parents have the unique opportunity to serve as agents of change in their families and their communities. Her takeaway message is clear, powerful, and potentially life changing: you can tame the anxiety, embrace the joy, and thrive alongside your kids while building a better world.

You’ll learn….

• how to boost your enjoyment of parenting while maximizing the health and happiness of your entire family at the same time

• how to minimize stress, boost your mood, increase your energy level, and safeguard your physical and mental health — and how to encourage your kids to do the same

• how to zero in on the most effective parenting strategies (parenting strategies that work for parents and kids as opposed to parents or kids).

BIO FOR ANN DOUGLAS

Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting and mental health. She is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio and a bestselling parenting author. Her most recent book is Happy Parents, Happy Kids. A passionate and inspiring speaker, Ann delivers keynote addresses and leads small-group workshops at health, parenting, and education conferences across the country.

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Parents for Children's Mental Health: Durham Region
Jun
19
to Jun 20

Parents for Children's Mental Health: Durham Region

Ann will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm. Presentation description: “Having a child who is struggling doesn’t make you a bad parent, just as being a child who is struggling doesn’t make your child a bad kid.” That’s a powerful and reassuring message to hear if you happen to be the parent of a child who is struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, an autism spectrum disorder, or a related challenge. In this encouraging and story-rich workshop, Ann Douglas shares some of her own hard-won wisdom about thriving as a family while weathering one of life’s many storms (the focus of her recent book Parenting Through the Storm). The workshop is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents. Expect a workshop that is kind, encouraging, and real and that leaves you feeling anything but alone.

This event is free and open to all: Registration and ticket information.

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Peterborough Healthy Families, Peterborough, Ontario
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Peterborough Healthy Families, Peterborough, Ontario

Peterborough Healthy Families presents: Parenting Through the Storm by Ann Douglas

Ann Douglas shares some of her own hard-won wisdom about thriving as a family while weathering one of life's many storms. This presentation is for all parents and people who spend time with children.

You'll learn how to zero in on the most effective parenting strategies; how to advocate for your child; how to help your child to develop advocacy skills; and how to minimize stress, boost your mood, increase your energy level, and safeguard your own physical and mental health.

This event is free and does not require registration.

Location: Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer Street North in the Friends of the Library Community Room (Lower level)

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Happily Family Online Conference
May
16
to May 19

Happily Family Online Conference

Ann Douglas will be participating in this free online conference on “Mindful Parenting for High-Needs Kids.” She is one of 25 parenting experts who will be sharing her best advice during this four-day online summit. She will be sharing some highlights from her two most recent books Parenting Through the Storm and Happy Parents, Happy Kids. You will also have the opportunity to learn from Debbie Reber, Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Jennifer Miller, Daniel Siegel, and Christine Carter, among others. Full registration details available via the Happily Conference website.

Note:

  • The Happily Family Conference is an online event. Some people refer to it as a virtual summit. It is online, global, and free to attend. You can “attend” the conference from your laptop or mobile device, wherever you have access to the Internet.

  • The Happily Family Conference is free from May 16-20th. Each day, five conference presenters will be featured. After the conference, you will have the option of purchasing conference recordings in audio and video. Please note: Ann has opted out of any referral fees for these post-conference sales.

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Facebook Live: Parenting Through the Storm Workshop
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Facebook Live: Parenting Through the Storm Workshop

Ann will be delivering a 30-minute version of her highly popular “Parenting Through the Storm” workshop via Facebook Live on Sunday, May 5 from 8 pm to 8:30 pm EDT.

Workshop description: “Having a child who is struggling doesn’t make you a bad parent, just as being a child who is struggling doesn’t make your child a bad kid.” That’s a powerful and reassuring message to hear if you happen to be the parent of a child who is struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, an autism spectrum disorder, or a related challenge. In this encouraging and story-rich workshop, Ann Douglas shares some of her own hard-won wisdom about thriving as a family while weathering one of life’s many storms (the focus of her book PARENTING THROUGH THE STORM). The workshop is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents. Expect a workshop that is kind, encouraging, and real and that leaves you feeling anything but alone.

About the presenter: Ann Douglas knows what it’s like to be the parent of a child who is struggling. She is the parent of four children who struggled with a variety of mental health, neurodevelopment, and behavioural challenges during their growing up years, and who are currently thriving as young adults. Ann is also the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio and the author of numerous bestselling books about parenting, including, most recently, HAPPY PARENTS, HAPPY KIDS.

More event details via this link or on the Facebook Page for “Ann Douglas - The Mother of All”

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St. John School, Arthur, Ontario
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

St. John School, Arthur, Ontario

Ann will be speaking about her new book, Happy Parents, Happy Kids.

Parenting doesn’t happen in a bubble. As parents, we can’t help but be affected by what’s happening in the wider world. Is it any wonder then that so many of us are feeling anxious, guilty, and overwhelmed? In this thought-provoking presentation, Ann Douglas highlights the broader cultural forces that have made everything about parenting feel incredibly high stakes. Then she pivots to solutions, explaining how parents have the unique opportunity to serve as agents of change in their families and their communities. Her takeaway message is clear, powerful, and potentially life changing: you can tame the anxiety, embrace the joy, and thrive alongside your kids while

building a better world.

You’ll learn….

• how to boost your enjoyment of parenting while maximizing the health and happiness of your entire family at the same time

• how to minimize stress, boost your mood, increase your energy level, and safeguard your physical and mental health — and how to encourage your kids to do the same

• how to zero in on the most effective parenting strategies (parenting strategies that work for parents and kids as opposed to parents or kids).

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St. Clare School, Orleans, Ontario
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

St. Clare School, Orleans, Ontario

Parenting doesn’t happen in a bubble. As parents, we can’t help but be affected by what’s happening in the wider world. Is it any wonder then that so many of us are feeling anxious, guilty, and overwhelmed? In this thought-provoking presentation, Ann Douglas highlights the broader cultural forces that have made everything about parenting feel incredibly high stakes. Then she pivots to solutions, explaining how parents have the unique opportunity to serve as agents of change in their families and their communities. Her takeaway message is clear, powerful, and potentially life changing: you can tame the anxiety, embrace the joy, and thrive alongside your kids while

building a better world.

You’ll learn….

• how to boost your enjoyment of parenting while maximizing the health and happiness of your entire family at the same time

• how to minimize stress, boost your mood, increase your energy level, and safeguard your physical and mental health — and how to encourage your kids to do the same

• how to zero in on the most effective parenting strategies (parenting strategies that work for parents and kids as opposed to parents or kids).

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The Workaround, Toronto, Ontario
Apr
16
5:00 PM17:00

The Workaround, Toronto, Ontario

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“Supporting the Parenthood Journey: A Conversation with Ann Douglas and Amanda Munday”

Join Ann and Amanda for an in-depth conversation about the intersection of parenthood and mental health and how we can support each other as parents, colleagues, and neighbours.

This is a free event, but tickets are limited and pre-registration is required.

*Please note this event is scheduled at a family-friendly time, will include snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Childcare is available for this event. Please email hello@theworkaround.ca to reserve your spot.

Happy Parents, Happy Kids and Day Nine: a postpartum depression memoir will be available for purchase at this event, and there will be an opportunity for book signing after the Q&A with Ann and Amanda.

About Ann Douglas:

Ann Douglas is a bestselling parenting author and the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio. She is the creator of The Mother of All Book series and the author of Parenting Through the Storm. In February 2019, HarperCollins Canada published her latest book, Happy Parents, Happy Kids.

About Amanda Munday:

Amanda Munday is the sole owner and founder of The Workaround, a coworking space with childcare in Toronto. She is a skilled storyteller with years of experience growing companies through social media, traditional marketing and public relations. Her first memoir Day Nine details her experience of severe postpartum depression which culminated in an 18-day involuntary stay in a Toronto psychiatric ward.

Amanda has received international media coverage including being named an inspirational speaker in Forbes Magazine. She is also a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail on topics related to economic opportunities for women and universal childcare. In November 2017 she secured a federal petition on universal childcare which was tabled in the House of Commons.

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Father Leo J. Austin Secondary School, Whitby, Ontario
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Father Leo J. Austin Secondary School, Whitby, Ontario

  • Father Leo J. Austin Secondary School (map)
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Ann Douglas will be speaking about Social Media Smarts: Tech Strategies that Work for Parents and Teens.

Presentation description: Social Media Smarts: Tech Strategies that Work for Parents and Teens.

• This is your teen’s brain on social media: why teens are so drawn to social media and what parents need to know in order to support them in making healthy choices

• The case for unplugging more often: why less screen time is beneficial for parents and teens

• Strategies for making more conscious and deliberate decisions about the use of technology plus highlights from the science of habit change on how to make those changes stick.

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MacTier Public School, MacTier, Ontario
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

MacTier Public School, MacTier, Ontario

Ann will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm.

Presentation description: “Having a child who is struggling doesn’t make you a bad parent, just as being a child who is struggling doesn’t make your child a bad kid.” That’s a powerful and reassuring message to hear if you happen to be the parent of a child who is struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, an autism spectrum disorder, or a related challenge. In this encouraging and story-rich presentation, Ann Douglas shares some of her own hard-won wisdom about thriving as a family while weathering one of life’s many storms (the focus of her book Parenting Through the Storm). The presentation is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents. Expect a conversation that is kind, encouraging, and real and that leaves you feeling anything but alone.

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Lorne Park Public School, Mississauga, Ontario
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Lorne Park Public School, Mississauga, Ontario

Please note: Due to space constraints, this event is limited to members of the Lorne Park Public School Community only.

Ann will be speaking about “Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: A Stress and Anxiety Toolkit for Parents”

Focus: Stress management and coping skills for parents and kids

All kids experience stress and anxiety. These emotions are part of being human, after all. But one in eight children experiences such a high level of anxiety that the child finds it difficult to manage at home or at school. In this thought-provoking presentation by Ann Douglas (a bestselling parent author who also struggles with anxiety), you’ll learn how to tell the difference between stress and anxiety (and why this matters); stress management skills for kids and adults; and anxiety management skills for kids and adults (what makes anxiety better, not worse).

This presentation is based on strategies outlined in Ann’s two most recent books, Happy Parents Happy Kids and Parenting Through the Storm.

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North Hastings Children's Services: March Break Event at the Bancroft Legion, Bancroft, Ontario
Mar
15
11:00 AM11:00

North Hastings Children's Services: March Break Event at the Bancroft Legion, Bancroft, Ontario

Ann will be participating in North Hastings Children’s Services’ March Break Event at the Bancroft Legion (from 11 am to 2 pm). Additional details to follow via the North Hastings Children’s Services events page. Drop by Ann’s booth to add a parenting tip to her “wall of parenting wisdom” and you’ll be entered in a draw to win a copy of her latest book, Happy Parents Happy Kids.

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ECE Retreat in Kelowna, BC: "Calm, Caring, and Connected"
Mar
9
11:30 AM11:30

ECE Retreat in Kelowna, BC: "Calm, Caring, and Connected"

Ann Douglas will be presenting two workshops — The Umbrella Workshop: Helping Families to Weather the Storm and Let’s Start a Self-Care Revolution at this conference for early childhood educators.

Conference description: The ECE Retreat Kelowna: Calm, Caring & Connected is being held March 9, 2019 at Reid Hall which is located at 2279 Benvoulin Rd. in Kelowna, British Columbia. The event will be held between 9:15 AM and 4:30 PM. All who register, attend and participate in the full ECE Retreat will receive a 6 hour professional development certificate. The theme of this ECE Retreat is “Calm, Caring & Connected.” Child care in BC has been undergoing a significant amount of change over the last year. While it has been an exciting time on many levels — the reality is that it has also been a stressful time for educators, operators and families. Throughout the Calm, Caring & Connected theme of this ECE Retreat, we will explore a number of areas designed to address the concepts related to caring for yourself, caring for others and caring for the important work that we do in the field of early learning and child care. This ECE Retreat will include a combination of masterminds, workshop presentations and engaging “wisdom from the room” discussions. We have brought together a group of fantastic presenters that we believe the early childhood education community/child care will benefit greatly from interacting with. Full registration details here.

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