A South African bestseller now in its 6th reprint. Also available as an e-book through Amazon.

Written by Nikki Bush and Dr Graeme Codrington

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.


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