Ann Douglas

Author, Columnist, Speaker

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They don't call her “The Mother of All” for nothing. Ann Douglas has been Canada's go-to guide to all things parenting since the publication of her now-classic The Mother of All Pregnancy Books over a decade ago.

A mother of four and creator of an internationally successful book brand (The Mother of All®), Ann speaks frankly and with authority about parenting, communication, and tapping into the power of community.

You may have read her column in The Toronto Star or noticed her being quoted by top media outlets as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Parenting, Parents, Your Baby, Working Mother, Good Housekeeping, Reader's Digest, Today's Parent, Canadian Family, Parents Canada, Chatelaine, or Canadian Living. Or perhaps you tuned in while she was making a guest appearance on Canada AM, Breakfast Television, or Sounds Like Canada. Ann is trusted by the media to provide insightful analysis of the parenting issues of the day.

An experienced speaker, Ann has delivered keynote addresses and customized workshops to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 1500. And she's delighted audiences of parents, healthcare professionals, social service workers, professional communicators, women, and business groups. Her clients have included Health Canada, the City of Toronto Health Department, the City of Hamilton, Kraft Foods Canada, Procter and Gamble, and the Women's Health Forum and Expo, Ontario Early Years' Centres, DONA International, the Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association (CAPPA) Canada, the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Death.

If you've already met Ann via her books, you know what you can expect from one of her presentations: to be inspired, entertained, and informed.

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Speaking Topics

Keynote Address: Parenting Through the Storm

Coping strategies for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental, neurodevelopmental, or behavioral challenge. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, stress management, 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. These interviews formed the basis for Ann's book, Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between, published by HarperCollins Canada -- a book for parents with children struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioral challenge.


Keynote Address: Big Picture Parenting

In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author, Ann Douglas, discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting (parenting with the hopes and dreams of children and families). She discusses the importance of tuning into a child's needs, being mindful of parenting decisions, building relationships with other parents, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker.


Interactive Workshop: The Courage to Change

Are you living your dream life or have you convinced yourself to settle for second-best? In this thought-provoking presentation, author Ann Douglas will encourage you to embrace rather than fear the possibility of change. You will learn about the power of self-compassion (how treating yourself with kindness and gentleness as opposed to bullying yourself opens the door to possibility), the magic of connection (the importance of finding allies who will truly support you on your journey of change and growth), and the secrets to setting yourself up for success (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 a transformative health journey. 


Interactive Workshop: The Power of Stories

"Each of us has the power to change the world. That change is sparked when we dare to share the contents of our hearts with other people. Sharing your story can be life changing - for you and for everyone else whose lives you touch." - Ann Douglas
You can allow a difficult experience to destroy you or you can allow it to strengthen you. And one of the ways to find strength in the wake of a difficult experience is by helping other people. This is the approach that has defined Ann Douglas' career as a writer - one that has allowed her to find purpose and passion in daily living. In this practical and yet highly personal presentation, she will talk about how learning to embrace her own imperfection gave her the courage to share her story with others. "A painful or difficult experience doesn't have to limit or define you, she notes. "It simply becomes a thread in the fabric of your life story."

Recent Publications by Ann Douglas

The Mother of All Pregnancy Books


Parenting Through the Storm


"Ann has that rare gift of being able to put a smile on your face while opening your mind. She was able to connect with the audience in such a meaningful way." - Sandy MacDonald, Bell Let's Talk

"Ann Douglas was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was prompt, attentive, and genuinely took the needs of our organization into consideration when designing her presentation. Ann had an incredible ability to connect with our audience, and she offered some very valuable parenting advice and thoughtful insights. We couldn't have asked for a better guest speaker!" - Beth Evans, Special Events Coordinator, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

"Ann draws in the audience with her compelling personal stories and keeps them listening with solid, doable advice. The feedback from our attendees was very enthusiastic." - Laura Bickle, parenting conference organizer, R.H. McGregor Elementary School, Toronto

"Ann is an engaging speaker, who shares her heartfelt messages with humor and compassion and in doing so, connects with her audience in a genuine way." - Diane Mullane, Mental Health Lead, Durham Catholic District School Board

"I wanted to send a quick note to thank you again for the wonderful presentation you did for us in Dundas last week. The feedback from the participants was outstanding; everyone loved your speaking style and very personal approach." Licensed Home Early Learning and Child Care Consultant

"Ann has a great gift for clearing away [the] fog and giving not only the critical information her audience needs, but also the critical information that they didn't know they needed or were afraid to ask." BabyTime

Tweets by Ann Douglas

7 days ago
It's pretty fun hanging out with me on a Sunday morning, eh? Two tweets about political/economic policy! But, hey, this stuff is important. None of us can afford to be on citizen autopilot right now.