About Parenting on the Run
We were privileged to have you address the Transaction Capital Women’s Forum on the 29th of May 2013. Your “Parenting on the run” workshop was extremely well received by the attending women, many of whom provided positive feedback and felt that they had gained useful insight into how they might spend guilt free quality time with their kids. I believe they benefited from knowing that they are not alone and others experience similar feelings. They walked away with some practical tools and feeling encouraged that they can succeed at being great mothers. Personally I have been reminded again to give my teenage daughters my full attention during the time we have together and to manage the boundaries between work and family time carefully. Thank you for your entertaining and enriching contribution to our women’s group.
I attended your parenting on the run workshop when my daughter Holly was about 18months old and it was hugely beneficial. I attended the same workshop last weekend for the Crossroads School Fundraising breakfast, and it was really fantastic to have a reminder of the importance of play. I had slipped a bit into relying on the TV to entertain my daughter in the afternoons after work, however since attending your workshop on Monday I have been instituting periods of play time together. A few things that I have noticed in the few days since your workshop:
- The joy on Holly’s face when we play together
- The way she verbalises what we are doing (e.g. she says “we are playing togethermummy!”) (this reminds me of the poem you read at the end of your workshop – “come mummy, play WITH me”)
- The way she is able to spend another 10 – 15 mins playing alone once her “emotional cup” has been filled by playing together
- How easy it actually is to let an almost three year old help you in the kitchen (a blunt knife and a piece of cucumber goes a long way!!) and how proud and included she feels at being allowed to participate
Thank you so much for your workshops, I feel incredibly enriched and grateful for the changes I am already seeing in my family.
Thank you for agreeing to make the special effort to come and give your talks, Future Proof Your Child and Parenting on the Run, to our parents and teachers on a public holiday! Parents and teachers alike not only so enjoyed the talks but all came away empowered and encouraged! No small feat in our present day world. Sharing your own parenting experiences and your down to earth, practical advice delivered in a real and humorous way, meant that we could all indentify, and where necessary, laugh and cry with you. In the midst of doom and gloom for the future of our techno age children, people came away not only with a ray of hope glimmering in their hearts but re-energised to reconnect with their children in meaningful and fun ways even in waiting rooms and on car journeys. Powerfully and passionately delivered messages were the order of the day! The importance of time with children and how best to use it. The importance of play, vital to our children’s growth and well being and as we discovered, to ourselves as adults. Most of all how vital and essential it is to honour our children and families. Our thanks once more for the opportunity to reflect, prioritise and experience what children, when given the option, really want and require from us as parents and teachers.
A wonderfully entertaining, yet insightful message for today’s parents, challenging us all to evaluate how well we use the snippets of time which we have with our children, during our busy days.
Mothers just never seem to have enough time to juggle the responsibility of motherhood between each member of their family and very often work commitments as well. For this reason it was absolutely wonderful to listen to Nikki’s very simple ideas for connecting meaningfully with your children – whilst ‘on the run’. The mothers and guests from Crossroads School were enjoying an unusual break from their busy lives at Crossroads School’s Mothers Breakfast, organised by the PTA. The morning must have been one of the coldest this winter, yet that did not deter the mums from grasping the opportunity to treat themselves to some ‘time-out’. Nikki was the guest speaker, and apart from imparting the most wonderful, usable, practical ideas, she also entertained us and allowed everyone the opportunity to once again experience the fun of ‘play’, to reconfirm why it is so important for parents to use this as a method for connecting with their children. Nikki’s talk reinvigorated the audience and everyone left feeling renewed and determined to apply her simple ideas; this was the perfect antidote to a freezing Highveld morning in the middle of a busy year!
- More than a speech – a profoundly moving experience!
- You made me laugh, you made me cry, you made me sit up and think.
- You have blown me away. I don’t have to feel guilty anymore.
- I am so inspired. I can’t wait to get home and play with my children. Pity they will be asleep!
- Thank you for encouraging me to get out of my head and connect with my children.
- As a single mother, Parenting on the Run has been my saving grace. Thank you.
- Thank you for helping me see how connecting more creatively and being more present with my children means I will have to discipline less.
- What a great reminder that simpler is better.
- You blew my mind and opened my heart.
- Really empowering in its simplicity.
- Thank you for reminding me to be more playful and to have fun myself.