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)

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Hastings Highlands Library, Maynooth, Ontario
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Hastings Highlands Library, Maynooth, Ontario

Eager to make this the best school year ever for yourself and your kids? Ann Douglas will be dropping by to share some parent-proven advice drawn from her latest book, Happy Parents, Happy Kids, and she’ll be answering your questions about all things back to school. Join us for a fun, lively, and 100% guilt-free conversation about parenting.

ABOUT ANN DOUGLAS

Ann is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio, the author of numerous bestselling books about parenting, and the mother of four young adults.

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#RaisingCanada Twitter Chat hosted by Children First Canada
Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

#RaisingCanada Twitter Chat hosted by Children First Canada

Join us for an online conversation about the top ten threats to the health and wellbeing of Canadian kids and what to do about them. It’s a timely conversation that will be happening in the midst of a federal election, so please plan to join us. All you need to do is to hop on Twitter at 8 pm ET on Sunday, September 22 and follow the #RaisingCanada hashtag.

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ONLINE COURSE: How to Tame the Overwhelm & Create More Wriggle Room in Your Life
Oct
1
to Nov 12

ONLINE COURSE: How to Tame the Overwhelm & Create More Wriggle Room in Your Life

A six-week online course: October 1 to November 12

Hosted by Ann Douglas and Christine Hennebury

Cost: $96 for the full six weeks

Feel like you’re being swept up by the hurricane that is back-to-school? Struggling to find time for yourself in a schedule that’s jam-packed with obligations to other people? This course is for you.

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Ann will be teaming up with creative life coach and storyteller Christine Hennebury to offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity to apply a mix of creative and science-backed strategies to taming those feelings of overwhelm.

Here’s how things will work. Our conversations will be taking place in a private discussion area on a state-of-the-art community platform. This will allow us to do our thinking and learning in an environment of mutual support and encouragement, away from the noise and distraction of social media. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in live chats and small-group video/audio calls with Ann and Christine.

Think you might want to be part of our group? Here’s how to apply. Once your application has been reviewed and accepted, we’ll be back in touch with details about payment and to tell you everything you need to know to get yourself up and running before we officially launch on October 1.

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ONLINE COURSE + COMMUNITY: How to Trick Yourself into Writing a Book
Oct
1
to Mar 31

ONLINE COURSE + COMMUNITY: How to Trick Yourself into Writing a Book

How to Trick Yourself into Writing a Book: A Reassuring Roadmap for Anxious Authors

A six-month online course and community for non-fiction book writers hosted by Ann Douglas
October 1 to March 31

Cost: $199

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Struggling to get that book out of your head and on to the bookstore shelves? This online course and community is for you!

You’ll learn

  • How to spot the difference between a good book idea and a great book idea, and what you can do to make that great book idea even better

  • How to find the courage to start writing and keep writing

  • How to stay motivated and on track during each stage of the book writing process – and what each of those stages actually involves

  • How to manage the emotional highs and lows that are baked into the experience of becoming an author.

How things will work: Our conversations will be taking place in a private discussion area on a state-of-the-art community platform and our course materials will be hosted on a best-in-class online learning platform. This will allow us to do our thinking and learning in an environment of mutual support and encouragement, away from all the noise and distraction of social media. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in monthly live chats and small-group video/audio calls with Ann Douglas.

Ready to make your book-writing dream a reality? Just fill out this short application to let Ann know why you’d like to be part of this group. Once your application has been reviewed and accepted (please give Ann a couple of days to review it: hey, it’s a busy time of year!), she’ll be back in touch with details about payment and to tell you everything you need to know to get yourself up and running before we officially launch on October 1.

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ONLINE COMMUNITY: The Village
Oct
1
to Mar 31

ONLINE COMMUNITY: The Village

A six-month online community of support and discovery for parents: October 1 to March 31

Hosted by Ann Douglas

Cost: $149 for the full six months

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Eager to take a deep dive into all things parenting while tapping into support from “the village”? This is your opportunity to be part of a small, intimate group of parents who will be embarking on a shared journey of discovery over a six-month period. (Why six months? It takes time for trust to emerge and for people to feel safe enough to truly connect with one another. In “The Village,” we’re going to take that time.)

How things will work: Our conversations will be taking place in a private discussion area on a state-of-the-art community platform. This will allows us to do our thinking and learning in an environment of mutual support and encouragement, away from the noise and distraction of social media. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in monthly live chats and small-group video/audio calls with Ann Douglas.

Ready to learn and grow alongside your fellow villagers? Just fill out this form to let Ann know why you’d like to be part of this group. Once your application has been reviewed and accepted (please give Ann a couple of days to review it: hey, it’s a busy time of year!), she’ll be back in touch with details about payment and to tell you everything you need to know to get yourself up and running before we officially launch on October 1.

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Toronto Public Library: High Park Branch, Toronto, Ontario
Nov
4
6:45 PM18:45

Toronto Public Library: High Park Branch, Toronto, Ontario

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Ann will be speaking about her latest book, Happy Parents, Happy Kids, at this free presentation for parents.

This event is part of the eh List series at Toronto Public Library, which features conversations on Canadian literature and culture with award-winning authors, poets, journalists and exciting new voices.

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

Cootes 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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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