Future-Proof Your Child – “New Edition”

Future-Proof Your Child Book

Written by Nikki Bush and Dr Graeme Codrington

Published by Penguin

Publication date: August 2019

‘There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.’ — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

‘Mommy, Daddy, what should I be when I grow up?’ This is the question every child asks when they begin to develop a sense of the future, and it’s never been harder for parents to answer it than now. This century is characterised by disruptive change that is turning our world upside down. Jobs aren’t just changing, but whole industries are ceasing to exist. The scripts for success and failure are being rewritten on a daily basis in our families, at work and in life. Do parents know who and what their children need to be, let alone what they might be able to do, in the future world of work?

This book doesn’t just paint a picture of what the future might hold, but provides frameworks and practical advice for what parents can do today in order to build solid foundations for their children in order to maximise their chances of success. Children who are equipped with the right sets of skills, attitudes and world views will remain relevant and able to take advantage of future opportunities.

Future-proof Your Child for the 2020s and Beyond is an invaluable guide for parents who wish to create realistic and relevant parenting goals that will set their children up to thrive, no matter what awaits them in the future. It is aimed at anyone involved in raising children primarily from birth to age twelve, including grandparents, educators, support teams and extended family. However, it remains an insightful handbook for those with teens too.

About The Authors

Nikki Bush is a sought-after parenting speaker, author and media personality. She is well known for her trusted, independent opinion on parenting and child development, both in South Africa and overseas. Her bestselling titles include Future-proof Your Child: Parenting the Wired Generation (with Graeme Codrington), Easy Answers to Awkward Questions and Tech-Savvy Parenting. Nikki is a mom of two boys.Dr Graeme Codrington is a futurist and strategy consultant, focusing on the future of work. He has worked in nearly 100 countries with some of the world’s largest companies and best business schools, helping them prepare for tomorrow’s world today. His bestselling titles include Future-proof Your Child: Parenting the Wired Generation (with Nikki Bush), Mind the Gap and Leading in a Changing World. Graeme is a dad of three girls.


This book should be the treasure that every household keeps. It gives adults ideas on how to start endless conversations with fellow parents and children. It reminds us to accept change and to adapt. It is a book that can be used by parents and professionals from any background who are raising children for the future and need to be skilful, creative and critical thinkers.

Mike Thobejane, Headmaster, Iphutheng Primary School, Alexandra

It’s remarkable how much time and energy we invest in learning to be relevant in the workplace and the comparatively small investment that most of us make to prepare for parenthood. Whilst values may endure, the spaces and places we need to create for our children to learn to thrive in a changing world have shifted dramatically. Nikki and Graeme’s updated version of their bestselling book provides an invaluable perspective into the roles we need to play, not just as parents to our own children, but as guardians tasked to ensure the well-being of future generations.

Prof. Nicola Kleyn, Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria

If you are anxious about your child’s future … this is the book for you. The answers are all here. The best parenting book I have read in a long time. Nikki and Graeme’s world-class insights have been put to great use.

Phemelo Motene, Broadcaster and Media Consultant

This book articulates the realities of a new world order – politically, socially and economically – while providing a compass for courageous conversations and a map for just that! It is a must-have in every home and for every educator.

Kubeshini Govender, Chief Education Specialist and Innovator, Special Projects, Western Cape Education Department

It is never too early to begin thinking about our children and grandchildren’s future careers and the studies that will prepare them for it. Future-proof Your Child for the 2020s and Beyond is the guidebook you need to help you prepare your children for the future right from the start. The authors provide valuable insights based on research, their work with young people, in schools and in the business world, and from their own experiences as parents.

Prof. Loyiso Nongxa, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal and Emeritus Professor, School of Mathematics, University of the Witwatersrand