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Future-proof Your Child: Parenting the Wired Generation Paperback – 15 Oct 2008


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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd (15 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143025805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143025801
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Stop the world, I want to get off!' is the regular refrain of many of today's time-pressured parents. 'Give me an experience and I'll promise you a relationship,' is the mantra of their children. The world has changed. The future has changed. Childhood is changing. Raising children has never been more challenging - or potentially rewarding. 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 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 need to change their approach to parenting future generations. This title will help 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.

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A Must Read for Parents who want to prepare their child for a rapidly changing world. 20 Mar 2010
By BellaOnline Moms Editor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Future Proof Your Child Book Review

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.
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