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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#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 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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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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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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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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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)
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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: 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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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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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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Resource and Education Centre, Surrey School District, Surrey, BC
Mar
4
6:30 PM18:30

Resource and Education Centre, Surrey School District, Surrey, BC

  • 14123 92 Avenue Surrey, BC, V3V 1J5 Canada (map)
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Ann Douglas will be speaking on “Happy Parents Raising Happy Kids: A Call to Action for Communities” — a community conversation hosted by psychologist and author Dr. Vanessa Lapointe.

Event details:

For children to grow in the best possible way, they need to exist in an environment that works for them. That environment is created primarily by parents. This means that parents need to be at their best in order for kids to get what they need. As it turns out “the village” has a significant role to play in ensuring this is the case. At this special community event, celebrated parenting educator Ann Douglas and Registered Psychologist Dr. Vanessa Lapointe present a personal and up-front perspective of the role of community in the raising of children. Drawing from key areas of research and Ann’s work for her latest book where she interviewed dozens of Canadian parents, a path forward will be presented, with solutions that can be tackled at the individual, family, and community level.

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 will publish her latest book, 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. She also hosts online conversations about parenting and mental health (for Understood.org's highly popular #LDchat and Children's Mental Health Ontario #kidscantwait mental health advocacy campaign). Ann is an active volunteer and frequent commentator on all things parenting. She has received awards for both her writing and her volunteer work. In June 2013, she became the second person to be awarded a Lifetime Membership by the Professional Writers Association of Canada (in recognition of her contributions to the freelance writing profession). And in April 2012, she was one of 16 Canadians invited to Rideau Hall to discuss family policy with Canadian Governor-General David Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston.

About Vanessa Lapointe:

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is an author, parenting expert, and registered psychologist (British Columbia #1856) who has been supporting families and children for more than fifteen years. Author of Discipline without Damage: How to get your kids to behave without messing them up and Parenting Right From The Start: Laying a Healthy Foundation in the Baby and Toddler Years, regularly invited media guest and contributor, educator and speaker, a Huffington Post Parent blogger, and a consultant to research projects and various organizations promoting emotional health and development, Dr. Vanessa is known for bringing a sense of nurturing understanding and humanity to all of her work. She presently works in private practice and has previous experience in a variety of settings, including the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development and the school system. Dr. Vanessa’s passion is in walking alongside parents, teachers, care providers, and other big people to really see the world through the child’s eyes. She believes that if we can do this, we are beautifully positioned to grow up our children in the best possible way. As a mother to 2 growing children, Dr. Vanessa strives not only professionally, but also personally, to view the world through the child’s eyes.

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Best Start Ontario Conference, Toronto, Ontario
Feb
13
to Feb 14

Best Start Ontario Conference, Toronto, Ontario

Ann will be delivering "The Umbrella Workshop: Helping Families to Weather the Storm" at the Best Start Ontario Conference -- a conference for service providers who work in preconception health, prenatal health and early child development.

Workshop description:

Looking for strategies for supporting parents and kids who are struggling? In this compassionate and idea-rich workshop, you will learn 

•    Why so many parents are struggling with feelings of anxiety, guilt, and overwhelm—and how this affects both their health and their parenting
•    How the health of parents affects the health of kids—and vice versa—and what this means for families who are struggling with challenges both big and small
•    Seven things the parent of a child who is struggling really needs to hear—and how to deliver these all-important messages in an empowering and guilt-free way
•    Proven strategies for overcoming the biggest barriers to parent engagement, including parent anxiety and fear
•    What the science of behavioural change can teach us about supporting parents through the process of becoming happier and healthier alongside their kids—and in ways that actually work in the real world.

During this session, you’ll be guided through the process of creating a family engagement mini-plan (your chance to capture and build upon the key ideas raised in this workshop). You’ll also have an opportunity to swap strategies and share best practices with colleagues.

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Children's Mental Health Ontario Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 27, 2018
Nov
27
12:45 PM12:45

Children's Mental Health Ontario Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 27, 2018

  • Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre (map)
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Ann Douglas will be moderating the parent panel at the Children’s Mental Health Ontario Annual Conference. Children’s Mental Health Ontario is the association representing Ontario’s publicly-funded child and youth mental health centres.

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Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services - Annual Conference, Toronto
Nov
19
9:00 AM09:00

Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services - Annual Conference, Toronto

Ann Douglas will be delivering the opening keynote at this annual conference for members of Ontario’s publicly-funded child development and rehabilitation sector (Supporting Parents Through the Storm). She will also be hosting an intimate, small-group discussion for parents attending the conference.

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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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Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services, Caledon, Ontario
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services, Caledon, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be presenting "The Umbrella Workshop: Helping Families to Weather the Storm" -- a workshop for first responders supporting families in crisis. The workshop will emphasize strategies for supporting parents and other family members when a family member is in crisis (how to make a real difference for that family — and in a potentially life-changing way) and important messages families need to hear from their community, when those families are in the midst of weathering a storm. 

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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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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)
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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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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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