For the 2020s and Beyond
Revised and completely updated 2019 edition

by Graeme Codrington and Nikki Bush, Penguin, 2019

‘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.

Why read it?

Why read it?

  • Aimed at parents of primary and pre-primary children
  • Understand why the world has changed, and how to respond as a parent of young children
  • Learn about the future world of work and the implications for the young people who will only enter it in the next decade
  • Discover which jobs will disappear – and which will not.
  • Access over 500 practical tips for connecting with your children, and helping them grow up confident and well rounded in a digital world
  • Get practical parenting help
  • Help your children start to develop their profiles as young as 8 years old, and get a step ahead of their peers in their search for a job and career.

What our readers said:

What our readers said:

We live in a rapidly changing world. By the time your children grow up the world will be radically different from the world we live in today. So how do you prepare your child for a world that doesn’t exist as yet?

That’s the subject of Future-proof Your Child.

The first part of the book focuses on the changes that have taken place in the world up till now. I felt that some of these earlier chapters contained a bit too much detail about how the world had changed in the last century and wasn’t really relevant to the topic of the future.

So what can you, as a parent, do to help future-proof your child?

Authors Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington say the solution lies in “Conversations, connections and choices”.

If you suspect that your children are very different from how kids were when you were young, you’re right.

The rest of the book goes into depth about what kids will need to be healthy, well-adjusted adults and how parents can best prepare them for this exciting new world that lies ahead.

Future-proof Your Child provides a list of qualities and character traits that children will need in order to succeed and then provides sensible, practical and do-able suggestions that parents can use to strengthen these skills. Some of the qualities are:

  • Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Self-Confidence
  • Optimism

The authors assert that:

“The most important ‘talent x-factors’ for developing exceptional young people include teaching our children:

  • to break conventions
  • to be resilient
  • to learn
  • to know themselves
  • to relate to others
  • to think outside the box “

Going to school, studying, getting good grades, getting a degree and then getting a stable job at a company may have made sense 20 years ago, but this is fast changing. The bottom line is that you can’t parent your kids the way you were parented and expect them to be well-equipped for this new world.

Of course, certain things will always stay the same. Child development is discussed in detail, as are learning styles and different types of intelligence that individuals have. There are tips on choosing the right preschool and school that will adequately prepare your child for the future.

I found the chapters on how the workplace will change in the future as well as the predictions of which industries will grow and which will decline absolutely fascinating. These chapters will be of great interest to parents of older children who are concerned with making wise career choices.

All in all, it’s a fascinating and very interesting read, filled with great advice for preparing your child for tomorrow.