Future-Proof Your Child
A South African bestseller now in its 6th reprint. Also available as an e-book through Amazon.
Published by Penguin
Publication date: October 2008
It is increasingly obvious that the world into which our young children will enter as adults, somewhere between 2020 and 2030, will be nothing like the world their parents grew up in, or even the world we currently inhabit. We need a better understanding of the world of the future in order to prepare our children in a relevant way and to ‘future-proof’ them. Future-proof your Child is a very different kind of parenting book. While it contains many useful practical hints and tips, it also focuses on the context for parenting and child development today. It convinces 21st-century parents of the essential need to change their approach to parenting future generations. This book will assist you to create a framework for your parenting experience as you embark on the highly personal adventure of raising children who will thrive in the future. It is relevant, accessible, practical and inspirational. It will take you back in time and forward into the future to help you make the best choices for your children now!
Future-Proof your Child highlights the critical importance of making choices, having conversations, and consciously connecting with tomorrow’s children today.
About The Authors
Creative parenting expert, Nikki Bush, is a skilled speaker and writer on child and parent development issues. She also presents popular workshops, designs educational games and judges toys. Her passion for play and connection is the driving force behind her work, which empowers parents to become more creative and effective personally and in their role as parents. Nikki is well known for offering real, relevant and practical parenting solutions, and as a sane voice in a world of confusing choices. Nikki is the proud mum of two boys.
Dr Graeme Codrington is a full-time strategy consultant with TomorrowToday.biz, a company he co-founded, as well as an author and professional speaker. He is an internationally recognised expert on corporate talent and the future of work, and speaks to over 100 000 people in at least ten different countries every year. Graeme is also well known for his work on generations, covered in his first two published books Mind Over Money and Mind the Gap. Graeme is the proud dad of three girls.
- 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!”
- author of the Life Talk series, MD Life Talk Forum
"Invaluable information that all parents need to be aware of."
- CEO of BrainBoosters
“This book is a reminder of why it is so important not to allow the overuse of screens to hijack the first 1000 days of a child’s life, while at the same time setting the scene for healthy assimilation of screens as a child develops so that they are prepared for an increasingly digital future.”