Creative Parenting Expert, Nikki Bush, has helped hundreds of thousands of parents to build fabulous relationships with their children by turning very ordinary, everyday moments into extraordinary memories. She helps today’s busy parents to future-proof their children despite their busyness. Her wisdom, creativity and practical ideas are the bomb for parents who are long on love and short on time.
Nikki wears a second hat in the talent space, that of Talent Whisperer as she transfers her parenting wisdom into frameworks for managing young talent better and helping business owners and management to redefine what talent means in a fast-changing world. Her unique play-based team building sessions are unforgettable, helping teams to connect as human beings and not just human doings.
Nikki’s work is fueled by her passion for play, connection and relationships. She is a sought- after speaker and co-author of three bestselling books: Future-proof Your Child (Penguin), Easy Answers to Awkward Questions (Metz Press) and Tech-Savvy Parenting (Bookstorm) and an ebook called Talent Re:Defined.
She is the go to person for the media regarding anything to do with child development, parenting and future-proofing young talent, racking up over 140 interviews a year including a weekly slot on SABC 3’s Expresso and Radio 702.
Whether you are a business, an educator or a parent, we are all invested in raising today’s young talent for tomorrow’s new world of work. Nikki can help you do just that.
Read more about Nikki and her work here.
Nikki builds bridges of understanding between parents, teachers and learners helping them to connect better against the backdrop of a fast-changing world.
Nikki helps parents build great relationships with their children while future proofing them to thrive in a fast changing world.
Nikki helps businesses with challenges concerning young talent, while also helping parents in the workplace with work-life balance issues that impact on their productivity and performance.
A South African bestseller now in its 13th reprint.
Written by Nikki Bush and Dr Graeme Codrington
Published by Penguin, 2008
A South African bestseller now in its 10th reprint.
Written by: Nikki Bush & Ilze van der Merwe
Published by: Metz Press, 2009
A South African bestseller now in its 3rd reprint.
Written by: Nikki Bush & Ilze van der Merwe
Published by: Metz Press, 2009
Nikki’s newest publication
Written by: Nikki Bush & Arthur Goldstuck
Published by: Bookstorm, 2014
If left to their own devices during the school holidays, children will take the path of least resistance and will default to a screen. If you don’t want them glued to screens then you have to actively distract them with other fun activities, put limits on screen time, and get involved with them too. Being […]
Professional speaker and author, Nikki Bush, is a master of fun and always full of bright ideas. She has a creative solution for your Women’s Day event this year that will be Fun, Unforgettable and Novel. Her dynamic, interactive Get Outta Your Head workshop is suitable for groups from 15 to 150 people it is […]
Learning the language of machines is going to be an essential skill for children moving into the future world of work. As machines take over more and more tasks in the work place, it will be those who know how to programme or code them – to teach them how to do things for us, […]
Mind-blowing insights for parents, educators and employers of young people from a leading panel of experts about how the world of work is changing and how we need to prepare our children for that world. These are the audio and video recordings from the highly successful Raising Young Talent event held at Henley Business School […]
We are always complaining that children spend too much time on screens and should be playing more. The fidget spinner has taken the world by storm and it is THE toy that is distracting children from screens and giving them a very different brain-body play experience. Fidget spinners provide an active play experience and they […]
My dad turned 80 last month. What a milestone, but also such a special reminder to celebrate how fortunate I am to have had a very involved and tuned in dad, throughout my life. I know not everyone has the privilege of having a close or a long relationship with their fathers. Many lose their […]
Combine building and speed with a Galt marble run and see physics and maths in action. Marble runs are a form of construction toy and the Galt range is particularly sturdy and of an extremely high quality. There are 24 pieces in the basic marble run and 60 pieces in the Super Marble Run. The […]
Many parents often struggle to identify a really good educational toy that has extensive play value and will last a number of years. When I look for a toy for toddler or preschooler that teaches, I am looking for something that: teaches colour teaches shape teaches number provides a see, touch and feel multisensory experience […]
I’m presenting on responsible marketing to youth at the Sunday Times Generation Next conference today, looking at ethical considerations for marketers when targeting kids and youth 8 – 25 years old. Some ethics questions brands need to ask about their campaigns: Does it promote health? Is it harmful? Is it legal? Do you know if […]
Autumn leaves can provide lots of opportunity for creative fun at very little cost. Here are a few of my favourite ideas for this season. And the best part is that you can do this together, creating some autumn memories that fill your child’s emotional cup, leaving you all with a warm glow of togetherness. […]
I thoroughly enjoyed your workshop at St Peter’s last week. I have two boys aged 8 and 6 and a new addition of a little girl aged 12 weeks. My boys have loved playing games in the car on the way to and from school, it gives me some special time with them before their baby sister demands to be fed. Thanks very much.
You are truly extraordinary. Love your work. You are a visionary.
“Working in partnership with Nikki added real value to our Positive Steps campaign for Lipton Ice Tea. Nikki brought real credibility to the parenting message that were were trying to get involved in and gave legitimacy to our brand’s involvement. Nikki also came with a following, so if targeting parents, she amplifies your audience. Overall she was a strong addition to our campaign. As for the talks themselves and the content, Nikki captivated our audience with her engaging and entertaining style, coupled with her depth of knowledge and confidence. The take-home value for parents was enormous.”
Lovely meeting you yesterday at the Garden Road Montessori talk. I was so inspired and left feeling so light and enthusiastic about the little changes I plan to make with my son. I took a lot from the talk – but especially creating memories and special moments in our daily ordinariness. You made me realise how much potential each moment actually has! Thank you Nikki, for the good work you do.
Exposure Marketing has enjoyed having Nikki Bush on board as a parenting speaker at our events. Her creative content and engaging presentation style make her a real ‘value add’ at our expos. We have invited Nikki to present her talks at The Baby Expo MamaMagic and at our recent addition Future-Ed, The Education Show. Nikki’s talks are always very popular and relevant to our visitors.
I was fresh out of ideas for what to do with my four year old when I have quality time with her. Thanks Nikki for sharing your fun and creative approach with us today. I couldn’t wait to get home and play with my child. I had no idea I could be so instrumental in getting her ready for school and that it doesn’t need to be stressful.
Nikki, thanks for showing us how to mix up games to create more games and that it’s okay to break the rules and make new ones. I am so inspired to spend time with my two pre-schoolers. You have made me want to play with my kids again and I am going to home to haul out all the unused games and bring them back to life with all your ‘out of the box’ ideas.
Thank you for inspiring me to continue playing with my children now that they are in senior primary and high school. They will just love the potato and gambling games. You’ve given me new ideas for Friday games nights.
I never knew I was so competitive! Thanks for a really fun evening playing games in your home. Isn’t it odd how we forget just how much family fun there is in a simple deck of cards. Thanks for reminding me that fun doesn’t need to cost much other than a bit of my time.
Thanks for your Big Kid Fun workshop – my wife dragged me with her to attend and I haven’t had so much fun in a long time. It was great to laugh and ‘reconnect through play’ as you say. Play is definitely an under-utilised parenting too. We played some of your games with our children on the weekend and they were spot on. They want to know when we can play them again. Thanks for the inspiration.