Children Living in the Red Zone

Future-proof Your Child

Children Living in the Red ZoneChildren of all ages are suffering from burnout and it’s starting as early as preschool. What are we doing? Are our children living in the red zone called overload? If your child has no time for play dates with friends and you no longer have time to play games with each other, then you are living in the red zone. Get out, as quickly as you can!

Nikki Bush, creative parenting expert and author of Future-proof Your Child (Penguin), will discuss the current epidemic being witnessed by parents, educators and healthcare practitioners alike.

She will put the following factors into perspective:

  • extra-mural activities
  • play dates
  • downtime / potter time
  • supervised & structured activities vs free play
  • marketing to children
  • choices
  • on-screen activities & overexposure
  • creativity
  • sleep
  • inappropriate information
  • resourcefulness, resilience and creativity
  • cellular disturbances / inflammation
  • parental stress
  • a warp-speed world

This interactive presentation is filled with anecdotes and personal insights. Nikki looks at 10 common parenting traps and their solutions. It is designed to help parents and educators to understand the forces at play and the demands on young children today, and to encourage them to reclaim childhood and their sanity by resetting to zero.


Nikki’s talks are of the moment. She is adept at creating ideas around things that are changing.

MEL DACE , Headmistress, St Stithian’s Junior Prep

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.

GLYNIS COURTNEY , HeronBridge Pre Preparatory JHB

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.

NICKY RODSETH, SA Montessori Association EXCO member

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 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.

KIRSTY JAMES, HeronBridge Pre Preparatory JHB

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