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
How are you creating your ‘BLACK GOLD’? What do parenting, management of teams, gardening and personal development have in common? Spring is here and none too soon. I am loving the heady scent of jasmine wafting through the warm air, watching the miracle of buds forming and blossoms blooming. Despite the recession, climate change, crime […]
When I was in New York in March this year squishy toys of all descriptions were everywhere, and now they have hit South Africa’s shores. They are the new craze replacing last year’s fidget spinner. There are nearly two million posts with the hashtag #squishy on YouTube and Instagram. These colourful toys are made of […]
ARE THEIR EYES SHINING BACK AT YOU? Being a parent is much like being the conductor of an orchestra. The conductor doesn’t make a sound. The conductor’s power really depends on his/her ability to make other people powerful. Now isn’t that a fascinating analogy of how parenting should actually be? Our job is to awaken […]
Children today are exposed to a lot of conversations that may be inappropriate, raising their stress and anxiety levels (which are already higher than ever). You rarely hear parents applying the “Not in front of the children” rule. Do be careful what you say within earshot of your children because the conversations they are exposed […]
Kids watch adults doing ‘important tasks’ day in day out, from washing up dishes, unpacking dishwashers, laundry, ironing, making beds, laying tables, cooking, cleaning, washing cars and bicycles, raking leaves in the garden etc. We are their role models and, believe it or not, under the age of 12 they actually want to be just […]
All families have to do chores. They a consistent part of every family’s life and they have to be done day in and day out to keep things running smoothly. Specific chores often get done at the same time every day too. They are predictable – part of the framework and fabric of family life. […]
Mandela Day, community service and volunteerism is all about human dignity. We need to teach our children about human dignity, which includes respecting other people, appreciating what you have and that others don’t necessarily have as much as you do. I really believe it’s beholden on us as parents to share and to care for […]
Wishing all our dads a very happy belated Father’s Day for last Sunday. I’m afraid I was caught a little on the back foot as this was the first Father’s Day for my boys without their Dad. There was a big hole in our family picture. Father’s Day is always a time to reflect on […]
There is nothing like a change of environment and pace to help one shift gears. For me, going to speak in the US at a parent seminar in North Carolina, and being a tourist in New York, was just what I needed to shift from the high revs of first gear (caused by trauma and […]
For the past few months, since my husband’s death, I have been under a deluge of administration issues that come with the end of a life. I was warned that the system was unfriendly, time-consuming, frustrating and arduous, but until I stepped into it, I really didn’t have any idea of quite how bad it […]
for advice on how to lay strong foundations, whether you are a raising talent at home, at school or in the business context.
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.
Potatoes, cards, dried butter beans, gambling. Who knew you could still have so much fun with your kids as they get older! We haven’t laughed so much in a long time.
Love the idea of a activity stations where the children can make things to fill their own goodie bags to take home. Kills two birds with one stone.
Thank you for such a fun morning and for all the wonderful ideas for creating homemade parties. The Newspaper Party was my favourite and will definitely be a real hit with my 11 year old.
The themes, the games, the food ideas – they were all fantastic and so helpful. And I got my gift shopping done too. Thank you.
Nikki Bush's Parenting on the Run workshop made me excited about parenting, it opened my eyes to a simpler, easier way of connecting with my children - both in the classroom and at home. I remembered and experienced what it feels like to be present, and the importance of giving my children the best present which is my presence. I can't wait to start a new family ritual and play all the games with my little ones. Thank you Nikki!
It was a privilege to have Nikki Bush present the above-mentioned talk to our teachers in the Pre Preparatory. We found her presentation to be informative, well researched and relevant to how we are all caught up in the demands of society. Red Zone, we are all faced with this phenomenon, but she shared some invaluable tools on how to deal with this effectively
I found the Red Zone talk by Nikki Bush to be very enlightening. It highlighted for me the fact that we live in a society that places so many demands on us, and the fact that this will not change. We need to learn ways to deal with this. Nikki’s talk equipped me with the tools to take that “Time Out”, so as to ensure we don’t get caught up in this Red Zone.
The feedback from our members has been so positive. Delegates were highly complementary about your energy and enthusiasm and most importantly the practical solutions you provided for effectively managing the range of debilitating symptoms which manifest when children and their parents find themselves Living in the Red Zone. The overwhelming feedback has pointed to your practical, easy to implement advice on “tuning out” from a fast paced world and how you connected closely with each one of your audience. All this in a practical, no-nonsense, yet “loving mom” way.
"There is always so much sense in what you suggest as parenting strategies. I enjoyed what you had to say when you addressed us at Twin Rivers Primary School Zimbabwe and ever since then I have read every article you have posted. Please continue spreading your influence – the impact is priceless!"
Nikki’s talks are of the moment. She is adept at creating ideas around things that are changing.
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!
Thank you for delivering such a fun-filled evening on Friday. You left us all in stitches and we are still talking about all the fun we had. I will highly recommend you to a lot people as well as other YPO chapters as a resource.
Nikki had 150 people on the edge of their seats, participating in tasks and games eliciting responses and feedback to demonstrate the importance of team cohesion and ensuring the breaking down of silo’s and individual commitment.
"We had a great Get Outta Your Head workshop with Nikki Bush. We had a host of ladies who joined at the Women in IT networking event and they had a blast. It was a great session, definitely a go to event. If you want to see your staff making noise, connecting and having fun, Get Outta Your Head is definitely for you and your team."
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. 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 18 months 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.
"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.
You were absolutely spot on with your Evolution of Learning presentation at our Western Cape SAPA Conference. It was so relevant to where our educators are at and was put together in such an accessible way. Thank you.
Hi Nikki. I am a student at Parkview Senior School and I just wanna say I …REALLY LOVED YOUR PRESENTATION TODAY!!! THANKS ALOT! And one thing to remember: one body, one mind and one reputation!
Dear Nikki Just to let you know (again :)) how much I enjoy reading your newsletters. They are always informative and thought-provoking! I wish I had your job, I would love to speak publicly to people (especially to kids) like you do, about topics such as this and encourage them to personal growth. Yes, in my next life I definitely want to be you!!
“When you came over to Rustenburg we played games with cards and had so much fun. Thank you for opening my eyes to being light hearted and making an opportunity to laugh and play.”
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Parenting on the Run workshop you gave at our daughter’s school, Our Lady of Fatima, in Durban last week. Your energy and empathy (sharing your own life experiences) so resonated with us.
I am in awe!!! Your talk last night: Parenting on the Run at Henley Business School was not only fun and encouraging, informative and empowering - I was blessed and motivated. May God bless you for the work you do as you strive to equip the warriors on how to handle; prepare and launch their arrows - "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord...Like arrows in the hand of a warrior" You are an inspiration!!!
I attended your Parenting on the Run course – probably about 10 years ago. I just want to let you know that I so enjoy your newsletters, articles and parenting advice. As a mom of 4, there is always something I learn and something I can identify within our family. Thank you for the sanity and ‘calm’ you add to our exciting parenting journey.
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.
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 we 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. 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.
It was a delight to have Nikki Bush present at our Annual Spring Parent Seminar! Her presentation focused on how to future proof your child and be a tech-savvy parent. Our participants found her to be both engaging and encouraging. Her use of both visuals and games were a big success. The feedback we have received has been positive because the information was relevant and inspiring. It was a pleasure working with Nikki, and I would recommend her talent and work to others.
I’ve always believed that parenting is an ever evolving process and not an event. Thanks for always walking the journey with us, Nikki.
It’s so nice to have some new ideas to take home and do with the children.
Thank you for spreading this very important message. We were honoured to have you.
Wow, this is the second time I have listened to this talk and I’m just blown away each time! I think so much of what you said just really has hit home. One of the biggest messages that came across is that as parents it is our duty, our responsibility to actually spend time with our beautiful, precious children who have been given to us. Nikki thank you so much for reminding us of that, it was so valuable. You’re an amazing woman, thank you so much!
I now realise why you are a sought-after speaker – you are quality, polished and authentic. Thanks for a wow experience. Of course, having a 6-year-old, your talk really resonated with me.
Nikki Bush was our keynote speaker at our Clamber Club conference in March 2012. All I can say is WOW! What a speaker. Professional, relevant, entertaining and thought provoking.The most valuable aspect of her presentation to Clamber Club was that she had researched our company’s needs and the workshop was geared completely with our conference theme and direction in mind. So often one has speakers that present a topic with no reference to the company they are presenting to. Nikki really got to the core issues and her intrinsic knowledge and expertise was awe inspiring. Thank you Nikki, I would highly recommend you!
I was reminded about our car games this morning when I read your Nelson Mandela quote encouraging hysterical laughter. Well, we had plenty of that today en route to school when we played the customs official game .The 6 year old was creating a wackier and wackier list of what was allowed in and what wasn’t. My older daughter & I eventually admitted defeat and asked what was her criteria. She then told us she had forgotten, at which stage we all erupted into hysterical laughter. I haven’t had so much fun in 1 day in a long time. You should rename your talks Laughter Therapy! Take care and thanks for being such as inspiration.
Finally a course with practical ideas I could use! I really enjoyed listening to your talk on how to make the most of the time we have with our precious children. It reminded me of the games I use to play as a little child with no T.V. play stations, DVD, computers etc. I also liked the fact the you understand that we, as parents, lead busy lives so your suggestions of using bath/cooking/car times are most effective. My kids argue less and laugh more! All parents would benefit from listening to your practical. fun, effective and educational ideas. Ideas easy enough to implement whilst “on the run!”
here is always so much sense in what you suggest as parenting strategies. I enjoyed what you had to say when you addressed us at Twin Rivers Primary School Zimbabwe and ever since then I have read every article you have posted. Please continue spreading your influence – the impact is priceless!
Outstanding Talk Nikki!!! It really got me thinking. Thank you. I feel different facing my children this morning, more motivated, focused, happy. I’m a divorced mom and the last 4 years I have been quite preoccupied with my stuff. I have been there for my children but I now know what to focus on. Thanks again.
Tuesday’s presentation on “Noise and Clutter” was excellent and made a positive impact on our parents. Their response to your talk was that it made them very aware of their own environment and the various consequences. They were quick to make the necessary adjustments to their daily routine e.g. driving to school with the radio (news) on.Thank you for presenting your talk to our Pre-Primary Parents.
I just wanted to let you know how valuable your “Parenting on the Run” workshop was to me. We recently had a trip to the Kruger Park, which under normal circumstances can be very painful and feel very long when you have kids whining and whinging all the time. I made a point of taking your list of games etc. with me to ensure that they never even had chance to whine. What an absolute winner. They never complained once, we played plenty of the games and the trip went by so quickly. It was actually a very pleasant trip with them and we all enjoyed taking part in the fun. Thank you ever so much. I have my notes tucked away in a safe place for the next trip, so that we can all enjoy our journey again.
Thank you for your fabulous presentation on Friday afternoon. I believe that your Brand Teacher? workshop has already had a positive effect on the staff who attended. I have even heard two people mention the phrase ‘go to’ this morning! [Being a ‘go to person’ is part of personal branding – what are you the ‘go to person’ for?]. Nikki’s top qualities: personable, high integrity, creative.”
Many thanks for the fantastic Parenting on the Run workshop. Your practical suggestions have worked brilliantly for us. I have two very busy little boys (4 and 2) who are easily bored and distracted, but they are putty in my hands with my newfound “box of tricks”! I didn’t realise how it easy it could be and how much fun we could have during the “in-between” times.Thanks for a really worthwhile experience.
Thanks so much for presenting such a fantastic, well prepared talk to the Moms & Tots Workshop leaders. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to get back to our workshops to share your valuable information with all our mothers. You gave us a taste of what fun it can be to be a child who is given the right, creative construction toys to play with and we didn’t want to be adults again! You helped us realize what a vital role we can play – educating the mothers, and hopefully there will be less T.V watchers and more focused, satisfied children who feel proud of themselves and what they have created. Many thanks Nikki, and keep up the good work.
I can’t believe that I don’t have to feel guilty about being busy anymore!
Dear Nikki, Once again, we thank you so much for presenting at our Conference. Among the 355 responses to our survey questionnaire, there were many that gave you high praise and considered you to be one of the highlights of Conference. We congratulate you.
Parenting on the run is more simple than I realized. Anyone can do this.
Nikki, thank you so much for an awesome workshop – you made a wonderful impression on the teachers. I really appreciated your ability to train such a diverse group of people so effectively. Apart from the ‘feel-good’ feeling on the day, since visiting many of the preschools, we noted that they are implementing skills that they learnt at the workshop – that’s a real big thumbs-up. Your passion and the fact that you are self-taught has challenged them to get out of their comfort zones and make a difference!