Speaker, Author & Media Thought Leader
Internationally recognized parenting expert, author, media thought leader and human potential 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. Nikki helps today’s busy parents to future-proof their children despite their busyness, against the backdrop of a digital world. Her wisdom, creativity and practical ideas are the solution for parents who are long on love and short on time.
Nikki’s work is fueled by her passion for play, connection and relationships. She is fondly referred to as a Creative Parenting Expert in parenting and education circles and is gaining a reputation as a Talent Whisperer in the corporate sphere.
She is the co-author of three bestselling books: Future-proof Your Child (Penguin, 2008) co-authored with Dr Graeme Codrington, Easy Answers to Awkward Questions (Metz Press, 2009) co-authored with Ilze Alberts and Tech-Savvy Parenting (Bookstorm, 2014) co-authored with Arthur Goldstuck. She has also written a number of eBooks.
She is currently writing Raising Entrepreneurs (Bookstorm) with Allon Raiz, Nikki is widely respected for her trusted, independent and informed opinion about a wide range of issues related to raising the next generation of talent including: the future world of work, technology, disruption, human behaviour, generational theory, education, child development and work-life balance. She helps parents, educators and business to redefine what talent means.
She Africa’s #1 parenting educator and is the go to person for the media regarding anything to do with child development and parenting, racking up over 140 interviews a year including a weekly slot on SABC TV3’s Expresso Morning Show and Radio 702’s Weekend Breakfast. She is a guest lecturer at Henley Business School, Wits Business School and the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Nikki provides talent interventions for companies in association with Tomorrow Today Global, helping to increase engagement and retention levels with their Millennials/young talent. She also champions parents in the workplace with her legendary Parenting on the Run® workshops which approach work-life balance in a poignant, practical and creative way. Her play-based team-building Get Outta Your Head sessions are guaranteed to break down barriers, provoke laughter and shift perspective, helping teams to connect as human beings rather than human doings. Click here for a complete list of Nikki’s talks and workshops.
Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
Nikki Bush was awarded her CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the NSA (National Speakers Association) in the USA in 2016 (one of 600 in the world). She is the 10th South African and 4th SA woman to be awarded the CSP.
Nikki is a guest lecturer at Wits Business School, GIBS & Henley. She is a professional member of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa of which she is also a founding member. She is currently on the Gauteng Chapter committee and will take on the national deputy-presidency in April 2016 becoming national president in 2018.
Nikki lives in Johannesburg with her two sons. Prior to becoming a widow in 2017 she had been married for 26 years.
- mum of a grade 6 boy at Somerset College, Western Cape
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!
- Deputy Principal, Woodbridge Primary School, Cape Town, South Africa
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!
- College Head, HeronBridge 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.
- Clinical Psychologist
As respected authorities in their respective fields of parenting and technology I am thrilled that Nikki and Arthur have collaborated in offering their profound knowledge, experience and expertise. The need for assistance in navigating the minefield of our high-tech world with our children is paramount. The timing couldn’t be better. Tech-Savvy Parenting is an essential read that combines parenting and technology in a most unique and accessible way that will inform, guide and help you gain a balanced perspective. Nikki and Arthur tap into the essence of being a connected family member, both online and offline.
- CEO of Cerebra
“In a time when most publications relating to technology focus on the huge commercial successes of Facebook, Twitter and others, Nikki’s book asks and answers the important questions around the impact of technology and associated trends on our children. This is a critical view and an indispensable tool for the modern parent."
- Principal, Montrose Primary School, Johannesburg
“Never before has it been so important for those dealing with children, whether as a parent or an educator, to stay abreast with what children have at their fingertips. Nikki and Arthur’s new book ‘Tech-Savvy Parenting’ is a must-read! It is obvious that the authors understand the needs of youngsters today and acknowledge that their world is very different to the one their parents grew up in. Having said that, this book expresses the importance of the role of the parent and the family in a child’s digital life.”
- managing editor, Longevity magazine
"As Managing Editor of Longevity Magazine, and a mother of two preteens, this is a book that I will be referring to time and again. In today's digital age, our children are exposed to more mediums of communication than we ever were. Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck provide readers with practical information that is valuable to both parent and child, as we navigate this ever-changing landscape together. Technology, understood and used correctly and safely, can be of great benefit, and can reaffirm the connection between our children and ourselves – both on- and offline."
- clinical psychologist specialising in the psychology of appreciation
"Having just returned from presenting workshops to young adults in Manhattan I feel that this book should be compulsory reading for every parent-even more so for parents of children from privileged backgrounds."
- outgoing headmaster of King David High School, Linksfield and author of Notes From A Headmaster’s Desk: The Challenges of Education, Parenting and Teenagers
"In our world of such re-aligned and re-negotiated relationships - often mediated by technology - there has never been more potential or more threat for children to learn and connect, or to find themselves hurt and excluded. Unless parents empower themselves, they could find themselves helpless bystanders. That’s what this book provides: clear, sensible and informed empowerment."
- counsellor, educator and author of Parenting with Panache
“It is refreshing to read a book by a parenting author supporting parents to encourage them to take advantage of the benefits of modern technology. Nikki gives sensible advice on avoiding the dangers that exist when used irresponsibly. She believes, like me, that trust is good but control is better!”