The Peterborough Examiner with Ann Douglas 16 August 2019
Ann Douglas, a prolific author of parenting books, is inviting the public to a free gathering in September about how parents can ditch the guilt of modern parenting.
“I think it’s time to have this conversation,” Douglas said in an interview Friday.
Douglas said she’ll be reading from her latest book, “Happy Parents, Happy Kids,” a guide for parenting in 2019.
The event is Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the lower level of the Peterborough Public Library.
Douglas, 55, is a mother of four young adults and the author of 30 parenting books — and she says her latest book may be her last on the topic of child-rearing.
“Happy Parents, Happy Kids” draws on all her experience as a mother and as an interviewer of other parents, she said.
Now more than ever, she’s finding parents feel guilty, anxious and overwhelmed, she said.
“The weight on parents is crushing — and it’s unsustainable,” Douglas said.
For example, she’s interviewed parents who blame themselves for not managing to secure a daycare spot when, in fact, there was a severe shortage of spots in the first place, she said.
The book focuses on concepts and strategies that might alleviate this stress, Douglas said: finding and “tapping into” the metaphorical village that it takes to raise a child, for example.
Now that she’s done writing about parenting, she’s researching other topics, such as community-building, she said.
She’s interested in how groups of people, such as mid-life women and writers, can gather and help one another, for instance — and she’s also enjoying doing a parenting column for CBC Radio.
The Sept. 10 book reading is hosted by Compass Early Learning and Care and the Child Care Action Network.