Book Review: Future Proof Your Child for the 2020’s and Beyond by Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington

Are you a parent? If the title of this book did not grab your attention then read it again!

Future-proofing our children should definitely be high on our list of priorities, for without giving this topic due headspace and attention, we run this risk of spending much of our parenting efforts on things, that in reality, may not really help our kids in the long run.

 

“As a parent I am ok with being uncool and out of touch! Which is why I’m so stoked about Nikki and Graeme’s updated antidote to ignorance. You’re holding in your hands a parental prescription for future preparedness that you probably didn’t know you needed – so hold tight, hold on, and finish the whole course – because no one is immune to what tomorrow might bring.”

Dr Michael Mol TV Presenter and Producer, Founding Director of Hello Doctor

 

In this updated version of the original book Future-Proof Your Child: Parenting the Wired Generation, Graeme Codrington, an expert in the field of futurist strategy, combines his expertise with sought-after parenting expert, Nikki Bush.

This version takes a step into the next decade, as the authors seek to help parents equip both themselves and their children for the uncertain landscape that lies ahead.

In a world of continuous change, the authors urge parents to wake up to reality and take an active role in preparing their children for their future. They encourage this through evaluating and implementing a varied array of strategies. Instead of scaring current parents of younger children and teens, they seek to inform them of the reality that lies ahead.

“There is good news in all of this, which is that the future that is unfolding does not have to overwhelm us…As humans we have what it takes to not only survive this period but thrive in a world that is emerging”

Future-Proof Your Child For the 2020’s and Beyond

Questions many parents ask are ‘How do we connect with our wired children?’, ‘How do we prepare them for the future world of work?’, ‘What will this future look like?’.

This book hopes to give you a glimpse into the future and as the landscape changes at a rapid rate ahead of us we as parents can feel a little better prepared for what our children will face.

“Current global disruption and the pace of change have everyone questioning the type of future that our children face. In their book Future-proof Your Child for the 2020s and Beyond, Nikki and Graeme provide a framework for parenting that penetrates the negative forecasts, presents possibility, and also helps parents to guide their children into being fully human and skilled to thrive in any future.”

Deanne King, Head of School, St Mary’s School, Waverley, Johannesburg

It all begins with the family unit and, as parents, we have the awesome responsibility to lay out the guidelines of living and the standards of normality – values, attitudes and morals – to our children. What a wonderful opportunity!

We are guided expertly through a better understanding of  our children, the fast-changing world in which we are living and the factors influencing the future. The age of possibility awaits! Recognising the great advancements, current trends and jobs of the future makes for fascinating reading.

Keeping our parenting relevant and considering some of what they term ‘x-factors’ for success are vital tools to add to our parenting toolbox.

A few of the x-factors for success include: creativity, adaptability, flexibility, resilience, self-confidence and recognising strengths.

Chapter five comes packed to the top of practical ways to weave these into our children’s lives. I love how they break down the tips in each section for the different children’s ages.

The best part about these tips is that they are realistic, practical and easy to implement. These are everyday things which will allow us parents to be able to assist our child in any of the 20 plus areas included.

Further on in the book the authors continue in their quest to equip us parents not just with tools to add to our children lives, but also with way to really understand and harness each child’s unique gifts and personality. They term it ‘a talent profile’ and this chapter brims with solid advice.

This book is a rich resource and definitely one to refer back to often. I have picked out one x-factor quality that I am keen to build into my two older children with renewed intention.

Taking this ‘bite-size’ approach will make the process achievable. I can’t wait to begin!

The Authors

Nikki Bush
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.

Graeme Codrington
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 is published by Penguin Random House and can be purchased online here: https://www.nikkibush.com/product/future-proof-your-child-2020s/

 

Emma Reid
Emma Reid

Emma is a mom of three (8, 4 and 2 months). She is an educationalist and holds a Bachelor Degree in English, Media & Writing and Film. She is also a qualified Primary School Teacher. She has a keen interest in curriculum and content development especially for child related fields. Currently she spends her days as lead creative and Cape Town City Director for Adventure Clubs. In this role she plans and creates unique experiences for families with young children. With many years of teaching children, and advising parents, she is passionate about childhood development and education - of kids and parents. Her hobbies include photography, reading, travel and spending time in the outdoors with her family and relaxing either in or near the surf!

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