Podcast Episode 221: Happy Parents, Happy Kids

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 221 of The New Family Podcast, where we talk to parenting author Ann Douglas about the important insights in her latest book, Happy Parents, Happy Kids.

Today I am so delighted to have friend and colleague Ann Douglas back on the show. Ann is Canada’s most trusted and prolific parenting writer, though her work is known in many other countries as well. She’s the author of the bestselling Mother of All series of parenting books. My dog-eared copies of her books The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and The Mother of All Baby Books got me through my early days of parenting, as they did — and continue to — for so many other parents.

Ann’s work is informed by her experiences in the parenting trenches as a mother of four. She has written 30 books, including her latest, Happy Parents, Happy Kids, which just hit bookstore shelves. It tackles how to parent without anxiety, guilt or feeling overwhelmed. In it Ann offers important context and concrete advice about boosting your enjoyment of parenting, which includes prioritizing your own mental and physical health alongside that of your other family members. This must read is also a call for broader change in the way society supports parents. 

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Happy Parents, Happy Kids

An excerpt from Happy Parents Happy Kids.

Ann’s website

Ann Douglas’ Facebook page



Previous Episode Featuring Ann: Parenting and Mental Health — How You and the Kids Can Thrive

Related Episode: Helping Kids Deal with Stress

Related Episode: The Happiest Kids in the World

Related Episode: 13 Habits of Mentally Strong Parents

Related Episode: How Your Family Can Embrace Slower Living

What Ann Hopes People Get Out of Reading The Book

“The big thing I want people to take away from it is the idea that your feelings totally make sense; it’s not just you. A lot of other parents are also feeling this way. Happy, smiling faces on Instagram aside, there are difficult things happening behind the scenes and that the good news is there are things that you can do to start to make things better for you and your kids. Tnd they don’t have to be huge productions because nobody needs a make-work project right. It’s little things like shifting your thinking about parenting and looking for ways to tame some of those feelings of anxiety, guilty and overwhelm, and how to boost your enjoyment of parenting. Because research shows that the thing parents love most about parenting is actually spending time with their kids. It’s all the other stuff that gets in the way of that, that makes parenting harder.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by