About Connecting through the Noise and Clutter

Today’s children are born with a mouse in one hand and their parent’s wallets in the other. This multimedia presentation has been designed to help parents better understand how the noise of technology and the clutter of consumerism influence the way children are developing.

It touches on:

  • Characteristics of the new kids on the block
  • The disappearance of childhood
  • The importance of imagination, creativity and play
  • Television, computers and electronic games
  • The most “wired” generation in history
  • The rise of the child consumer
  • The power of branding
  • The 5 X Factors for your child’s future success
  • How the X Factors are connected to the noise & clutter
  • How to balance the noise & clutter in your child’s life


  • My son was in your digital safety talk this morning and he is a very intuitive and in touch child who makes quick an accurate assessments of people. He came home and told me all about the talk and the thing he remembered most was what you had to say about reputation. He also said that you are a very good person inside and out and that I was not to miss your talk to the parents this evening, and he was right. What a valuable and informative presentation. Thank you!

    Ingrid Dukes mum of a grade 6 boy at Somerset College, Western Cape
  • 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.

    Lisa Osborne
  • Dear Nikki, Thank you for sharing your expertise at our school’s Empowered Parenting Seminar. Your talk about Parenting on the Run was engaging, interactive and so relevant for today’s parents who are faced with so many difficult challenges. We appreciate your thoughtfulness in crafting a presentation that related so well with the parents of our school. We also appreciate your approachability and professionalism. We have received only great reviews and feedback from the parents and teachers about the Parenting on the Run talk. The parents left the seminar feeling energised and empowered to apply all the practical ideas they received about connecting authentically with their children. Thank you again for ending our parent seminar on such a high note. We hope to work with you in the future!

    Jabu Nkosi Deputy Principal, Woodbridge Primary School, Cape Town, South Africa
  • "This ebook is a must read for every 21st century parent with too little time and in desperate need of some support and guidance! Who better to share a concise and comprehensive collection of time- and energy-saving parenting guidelines, than creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush. She is an entrepreneur and mother of two busy teenage sons and is a self-professed ‘parent on the run’, just like so many of you."In her trademark style Nikki manages to cut through the clutter, in Back-to-School Sanity Savers, highlighting and exploring 12 key parenting issues that, as a school principal, I see parents wrestling with every day. This quick and easy-to-read ebook is just bursting with practical ideas and creative solutions to 21st century parenting challenges, interwoven with Nikki’s down-to-earth, deeply insightful and very accessible parenting philosophies. Listen to Nikki’s wise words in the podcasts, read her solutions in print and experiment in your kitchen with her scrumptious recipes. For as long as I have known her, Nikki has always been passionate about the role of parents in the lives of their children and in helping them to stay connected to one other, no matter how fast the world around them is changing. At the core of Nikki’s valuable work is a deep-rooted desire to inspire parents to experience more joy while on their parenting adventure, and never to underestimate their role in preparing their children for the future. This preparation takes place in everyday interactions you have with your child, even when you are rushed off your feet and running from pillar to post. Our children are our gateway into the future and as parents we need to ensure that we honour the child while participating in the process of guiding and supporting them to successful, independent maturity. Back-to-School Sanity Savers will assist us to do just that. Remember this: each one of you is a mere 12 short chapters away from being a better parent – you need to read this book for your sanity’s sake.

    Margot van Ryneveld Principal, Stepping Stones Pre-primary & Sandhurst Preparatory College Johannesburg,
  • As our children become increasingly technically proficient and preoccupied, it is vital for adults, parents and teachers to be aware of the world they frequent! Tech-savvy Parenting is a comprehensive, practical and insightful guide to understanding the possibilities and perils of this world, how to make it safe for our children, and how to embrace the opportunities it presents.

    Keith Wilke College Head, HeronBridge College, Johannesburg
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