Upcoming Events

A calendar of upcoming events featuring Ann Douglas, author of Parenting Through the Storm — a guide to parenting a child with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge — and Happy Parents, Happy Kids — a guide to thriving alongside your child (coming in February 2019).

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 (2015-2018)

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Georges Vanier Catholic School, Ottawa, Ontario
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Georges Vanier Catholic School, Ottawa, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: A Stress and Anxiety Toolkit for Parents at this school event.

Presentation description: 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 herself, 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). She’ll also be talking about why parents and kids are feeling so anxious these days — and how we can get to a happier, healthier place together. (This is the focus of Ann’s brand new book, Happy Parents, Happy Kids, which will be published by HarperCollins Canada in late February.)

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How to Trick Yourself Into Writing a Book: A Reassuring Roadmap for Anxious Authors
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

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

Ann Douglas will be offering a two-hour workshop at Watson & Lou in Peterborough, Ontario, on Tuesday, November 20. (Register via Watson & Lou.) NOTE: She will also be offering an online version of this course. (Email her for details about that option.)

Workshop description: 

Struggling to get that book out of your head and on to the page? This workshop 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.

What you need to bring with you

A dream of becoming an author. Everything else will be supplied (including worksheets and resource lists).

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St. Gabriel School, Burlington, Ontario
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

St. Gabriel School, Burlington, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about "Parenting Through the Storm."

PARENTING THROUGH THE STORM: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between — a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This 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.

 

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Kingsway Lambton United Church
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Kingsway Lambton United Church

  • 85 The Kingsway Etobicoke, ON, M8X 2T6 Canada (map)
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Ann Douglas will be speaking about "Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: A Stress and Anxiety Toolkit for Parents."

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 herself, 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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Central Public School, Guelph, Ontario
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Central Public School, Guelph, Ontario

  • 97 Dublin Street North Guelph, ON, N1H 4N1 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann Douglas will be speaking about the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting: parenting with your hopes and dreams for your child and your family in mind. She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, using parenting strategies that bring out the best (as opposed to the worst) in your child, being mindful of your parenting decisions, creating a support network for yourself and your family, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker.

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Starfish Parent Support Program, Oshawa, Ontario
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Starfish Parent Support Program, Oshawa, Ontario

  • 374 Farewell Street Oshawa, ON, L1H 6M2 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann Douglas will be the guest speaker at the Starfish Parent Support Program annual general meeting. She will be talking about the importance of finding and tapping into support from "the village" during a brief presentation in support of this non-profit parent support organization. 

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Understood.org #LDChat Twitter Chat
Sep
5
12:00 PM12:00

Understood.org #LDChat Twitter Chat

Ann will be co-hosting this popular Twitter chat, which focuses on learning and attention issues. The topic for this particular chat is back-to-school parenting -- how to get the new school year off to the strongest possible start for your child and your family.

To follow the conversation, simply log on to Twitter at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, September 5 and search for the #LDChat hashtag.

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North Cavan Public School
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

North Cavan Public School

Ann will be speaking about "Parenting Through the Storm" at this school event. Full event details here.

PARENTING THROUGH THE STORM: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between— a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This 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.

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York Mills Collegiate Institute
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

York Mills Collegiate Institute

  • 490 York Mills Road North York, ON, M3B 1W6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
Description: 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 herself, 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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Ajax Public Library
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Ajax Public Library

Ann Douglas will be speaking on "Powering Off! How to spend less time tethered to your device and more time connected to (and playing with) your kid." Join Ann for a guilt-free discussion that will arm you with strategies for making conscious and deliberate choices about your family's use of technology.

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William E. Brown Elementary School, Wainfleet, Ontario
May
28
6:00 PM18:00

William E. Brown Elementary School, Wainfleet, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about "Parenting Through the Storm."

Presentation description: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between— a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This 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.

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Alexander's Public School, Burlington, Ontario
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Alexander's Public School, Burlington, Ontario

  • 2223 Sutton Drive Burlington, ON, L7L 0B9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann Douglas will be delivering a presentation called "Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: A Stress and Anxiety Toolkit for Parenting."

Focus: Stress management and coping skills for parents and kids
Presentation description: 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 herself, 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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St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School, Toronto, Ontario
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School, Toronto, Ontario

  • 49 Felstead Avenue Toronto, ON, M4J 1G3 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann Douglas will be speaking about parenting your teenager.

Presentation description: "Parenting your teenager: a roundup of parenting strategies designed to bring out the best in your teenager." This presentation highlights the types of changes teenagers experience as they move through adolescence and into early adulthood and explain how parents can respond in ways that allow adolescents to thrive. 

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McMurrich Junior Public School
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

McMurrich Junior Public School

  • 115 Winona Drive Toronto, ON, M6G 4A8 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
Description: 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 herself, 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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Brooklin Village Public School
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Brooklin Village Public School

  • 25 Selkirk Drive Whitby, ON, L1M 2L5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann will be one of the speakers at a community health event hosted at the school. She 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
Description: 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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St. Kateri Tekakwitha School, Kitchener, Ontario
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

St. Kateri Tekakwitha School, Kitchener, Ontario

  • 560 Pioneer Drive Kitchener, ON, N2P 1P2 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

Presentation description: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between — a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This 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.

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Saints Mary and Martha Catholic School, Mississauga, Ontario
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Saints Mary and Martha Catholic School, Mississauga, Ontario

Ann will be speaking about "Parenting Through the Storm."

Presentation description: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between — a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This 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.

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St. Vincent Catholic School
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

St. Vincent Catholic School

Ann will be speaking about "Parenting Through the Storm" at this school presentation. 

PARENTING THROUGH THE STORM: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between— a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This 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.

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Springfield Public School, Springfield, Ontario
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Springfield Public School, Springfield, Ontario

  • 51336 Ron McNeil Line Springfield, ON, N0L 2J0 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann Douglas will be delivering a presentation called "Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: A Stress and Anxiety Toolkit for Parents."

Focus: Stress management and coping skills for parents and kids
Presentation description: 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 herself, 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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Avalon Public School, Orleans, Ontario
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

Avalon Public School, Orleans, Ontario

Ann will be speaking about "Parenting Through the Storm."

Presentation description: PARENTING THROUGH THE STORM: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between — a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This 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.

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Seaway District High School, Iroquois, Ontario
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Seaway District High School, Iroquois, Ontario

Ann will be speaking about "Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids."

Presentation description: "Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids":  Ann will be talking about the importance of parents being both health role models (walking the talk of healthy living) and health facilitators (providing kids with the opportunities to make healthy lifestyle choices by prioritizing sleep, making healthy food available, supporting kids in their efforts to be physically active, and teaching kids stress and anxiety management skills). She will talk about how physical health supports mental health — and vice versa. (It’s all interwoven, after all.) Expect to walk away from this presentation with the tools you need to transform your health intentions into health actions.

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Chelsea Elementary School, Chelsea, Quebec
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Chelsea Elementary School, Chelsea, Quebec

  • 74 Chemin Old Chelsea Chelsea, QC, J9B 1K9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann Douglas will be speaking about "Parenting Through the Storm."

Presentation description: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between— a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This 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.

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Wakefield Elementary School, Wakefield, Quebec
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Wakefield Elementary School, Wakefield, Quebec

  • 878 Chemin Riverside Wakefield, QC, J0X 3G0 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann will be speaking about "Big-Picture Parenting."

Presentation description: In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author Ann Douglas discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting (parenting with your hopes and dreams for your child and your family in mind). She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, using parenting strategies that bring out the best (as opposed to the worst) in your child, being mindful of your parenting decisions, creating a support network for yourself and your family, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker. 

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Peace Bridge Public School, Fort Erie, Ontario
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Peace Bridge Public School, Fort Erie, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking on the topic of Big-Picture Parenting at this Parents Reaching Out event.

In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author Ann Douglas discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting (parenting with your hopes and dreams for your child and your family in mind). She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, using parenting strategies that bring out the best (as opposed to the worst) in your child, being mindful of your parenting decisions, creating a support network for yourself and your family, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker. 

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Mackville Public School, Caledon, Ontario
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Mackville Public School, Caledon, Ontario

Ann will be speaking on "Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids."

Presentation description: "Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s self-preservation. It’s also an act of kindness toward your child. (Every child deserves the gift of a happy, healthy parent, after all.) In this thought-provoking presentation, author and radio columnist Ann Douglas will talk about the importance of practicing self-care by prioritizing the four pillars of good health: sleep, physical activity, nutrition, and time for fun. You will learn about the power of self-compassion, the magic of connection, and the secrets to achieving your health and wellness goals (how to set goals that are realistic, measurable, and achievable—and to maintain your commitment to achieving those goals). Expect to be inspired and moved by the wisdom and stories shared by this thought-provoking speaker—a bestselling author and mother of four who has experienced her own transformative physical and mental health journey."

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Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, Newmarket, Ontario
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, Newmarket, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

Presentation description: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between — a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This 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.

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St. Brigid Catholic School, Toronto, Ontario
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

St. Brigid Catholic School, Toronto, Ontario

  • 50 Woodmount Avenue Toronto, ON, M4C 3X9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ann Douglas will be delivering a presentation called "Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: A Stress and Anxiety Toolkit for Parents."

Focus: Stress management and coping skills for parents and kids
Description: 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 herself, 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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Erin Public School, Erin, Ontario
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Erin Public School, Erin, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

Presentation description: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between — a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This 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.

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