19 episodes

The Future Smart Parent podcast provides resources for parents and kids who want to be ready for all the ways in which the future is going to be different from today.We will explore this future together, bringing insights from top futurists, resources from smart people working on making our lives better, and most importantly, stories of parents who are parenting a little differently, yet very much intentionally, for a changing world. These stories, insights and resources are all there to provide you with the tools needed to parent in the 2020s, and beyond.

Future Smart Parent Jude Foulston

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 1 Rating

The Future Smart Parent podcast provides resources for parents and kids who want to be ready for all the ways in which the future is going to be different from today.We will explore this future together, bringing insights from top futurists, resources from smart people working on making our lives better, and most importantly, stories of parents who are parenting a little differently, yet very much intentionally, for a changing world. These stories, insights and resources are all there to provide you with the tools needed to parent in the 2020s, and beyond.

    The Changing Gender Landscape

    The Changing Gender Landscape

    In this episode, I chatted with Christy Herselman from The Chat. We spoke about the changing gender landscape, and what this means for both our children, and for us parents as we all try to navigate and understand this phenomenon that's unfolding so quickly. 

    We spoke about the massive rise in transgender and nonbinary teens, and touched on how the world got here.

    I think what I loved the most from this conversation is the way Christy helps us parents think about this topic. She doesn’t come in with all the answers, but rather helps us understand this changing landscape, acknowledging the many complexities on this subject. This conversation was another reminder to me as a parent of the fundamental job we have to just love our children, provide them with the safe space that they need, and to have these sorts of conversations with them.

    Christy is a speaker, teacher, researcher, author, wife, and mom to 3 kids with a passion to help cultivate deep connections, facilitate healthy dialogue helping raise a generation who are secure in who they are and where they are going.
    8 years ago Christy founded a movement called The Chat. The heart of THE CHAT is to empower parents, organizations and communities to confidently dialogue around big topics like sexuality, digital healthy and social media in a natural, open manner that creates safe spaces for ongoing conversations. 

    She also equips tweens and teens to make healthy, future-focused decisions around their sexuality and identity and does workshops at schools, helping children and teens become healthy, wise digital users.

    Resources mentioned during the conversation: 
    Upcoming Zoom for parents with Christy on Sex & Gender: Understanding the Conversation. 24th November. 5-Part Video Series for schools: The Gender Project: A 5 Part Video Series for schools, to help orientate and prepare South African teens for the Gender Conversation.Book: Irreversible Damage by Abigail ShrierBook: Untangled - Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa DamourBook: The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable and Compassionate Adolescents by Lisa DamourPodcast: Ask Lisa - The Psychology of Parenting. [Podcast] To connect with Christy from The Chat:
     
    Website: www.thechat.co.za
    Email: info@thechat.co.za
    Facebook:  thechatdurban

    Stay in touch with the Future Smart Parent team:

    Website: www.futuresmartparent.com
    Email: jude@futuresmartparent.com
    Facebook: /futuresmartparent
    Instagram: @futuresmartparent

    • 48 min
    Understanding neuro-development and the 21st century child

    Understanding neuro-development and the 21st century child

    Episode Summary:
    Today I spoke with Dr Beulah van der Westhuizen, who is a specialist in neuro-development, education and the founder of EduExcellence. 
    In this episode, we discussed the education system, and where traditional schooling stems from and how it functions. The institutionalisation of schooling first appeared during the Industrial Revolution, when children needed to be somewhere while their parents were working in factories. School became a place to train children for their future working in factories, following rules and training their minds and bodies to a 9-5 structure.
    We discussed how this traditional model doesn’t apply to 21st century children. Our world has changed! We’re in a new era of technology, and of information, an era that is constantly evolving. And so shouldn’t schooling and education should evolve too? 
    Mainstream school didn’t work for either of my children, but it was only during COVID that we took the opportunity to move away from traditional school. 
    Something interesting that came up in my discussion with Dr. Beulah is that we have to treat each child as an individual and try to find the form and structure of learning that stimulates and encourages them as individuals. Some children shine in mainstream school – enjoying sports, competition and community. But not every child will thrive in such an environment. 
    We also talked about neurodiversity. There are different types of intelligence, different ways of taking in and processing information, and different sensory processes. If we can understand our kids and their diversity, we can nurture their neuro-processing and allow them to come out of their shells. There is no “one-size fits all” approach when it comes to schooling. 
    Enjoy listening to our conversation, which challenges our ideas around education and offers alternative approaches we have for educating our children. Let’s learn how to bring out the best in each of our children! 
    Connect with Dr. Beulah:
    EduExcellence Website: https://www.eduexcellence.co.za/home 
    Find out more about EduExcellence’s Eduation Offering: https://www.eduexcellence.co.za 
    Dr. Beulah’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-beulah-van-der-westhuizen-professional 

    Thank you so much for listening! Please like and subscribe to join our community. If you enjoyed the podcast, consider leaving a review and sharing the episode with your network.
    Join the Future Smart Parent Community:
    Instagram | Newsletter signup | Facebook Group

    • 52 min
    Emotion Ocean - Whats the big deal about EQ?

    Emotion Ocean - Whats the big deal about EQ?

    In today’s episode I spoke with Naomi Holdt, who is an educational psychologist, speaker, author and a mom. We spoke about many different things regarding EQ, including what it really means to develop emotional intelligence in our kids, the importance of EQ over IQ and how to truly value our children’s emotions.

    Emotions are so important in our lives! They inform so much about who we are and how we interact with others. And so it’s vitally important that we, as parents, are actively engaging with our children with care and empathy, teaching them how to process their emotions, allowing them to really feel their emotions and equipping them with the tools to handle them.

    If we teach our children to identify and understand their big feelings, especially while they are young, we are undoubtedly equipping them to be intelligent, thoughtful and empathetic adults. And the world needs more adults like that!

    Naomi and I chat through all things EQ, big feelings and how to help our kids through it all.

    Connect with Naomi:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/naomiholdtspeaker
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/naomiholdtspeaker/
    Website: https://www.naomiholdt.com/

    Thank you so much for listening! Please like and subscribe to join our community. If you enjoyed the podcast, consider leaving a review and sharing the episode with your network.

    • 43 min
    Diversity in Schools - a conversation for white parents

    Diversity in Schools - a conversation for white parents

    In today’s episode, I talked with my colleagues, and fathers themselves, Buhle Dlamini, global speaker and expert on why Diversity and Inclusion are essential in business, and Graeme Codrington, an expert on the Future of Work and author of the book “Future Proof Your Child”

    For this episode, we turned the focus away from business and onto our children. We discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion in schools and our education system.

    Learning about diversity, and having it visibly represented in our schools is extremely important, especially for white children where previous generations have been the perpetrators of racism, colonialism and discrimination against People of Colour.

    We discuss the fact that racism is a system that is still operational, despite the fact that we are living 30 years post-apartheid. And in understanding this key fact we hope to engage in conversations with parents about the damaging effects of racism and how we might attempt to solve these problems for our children, and for the future of our country.

    While this is a difficult discussion, it is absolutely one that we need to be having. Diversity is at the root of resilience, empathy and innovation and should be an ideal that we are pushing for.

    Let us stay committed to this ideal, and work every day towards antiracism and inclusion on all levels.

    Connect with Buhle:
    Websites: https://tomorrowtodayglobal.com  or  www.buhledlamini.com
    Email: buhle@tomorrowtodayglobal.com

    Connect with Graeme:
    Website: https://tomorrowtodayglobal.com  or www.graemecodrington.com
    Email: graeme@tomorrowtodayglobal.com

    Graeme’s book “Future Proof Your Child”
    Available on TakealotAvailable on Amazon
    Thank you so much for listening! Please like and subscribe to join our community. If you enjoyed the podcast, consider leaving a review and sharing the episode with your network.

    Join the Future Smart Parent Community:
    Instagram | Newsletter signup | Facebook Group

    • 36 min
    MoneyWise Kids with Donna McCallum

    MoneyWise Kids with Donna McCallum

    In this episode, I speak with Donna McCallum, aka the Fairy Godmother, who teaches us about money and magic, and how as parents, perhaps we have some mindsets to shift that we haven't realised yet!

    Donna is running a workshop on March 17th with Meike Lovemore, called MoneyWise Kids, which will walk parents through good money habits that they can teach their children, including practical tools to implement immediately so that your kids are delighted to learn about money. 
    We also spoke about how Donna’s focus, as the Fairy Godmother, is to teach people modern day practical techniques to help you create your best life! If you feel like money and finances are tricky topics to deal with as adults, imagine how overwhelming it must seem to our kids. 

    In my conversation with Donna we discussed many ways we can overcome this challenge as parents wanting to be innovative and future-smart. And for those who want the extra guidance, Donna has a Money Magic Program, which is a 9-week long program, that equips you with tools to be financially confident, secure, and ensure financial freedom. So don’t miss out! 

    Money is not an easy topic, but in this episode we’ve discussed many different ways to make money something that works for you, rather than against you. 
    Connect with Donna:
    Email for more: info@fairygodmotherinc.com 
    Details about the MoneyWise Workshop and to Book >>
    https://bit.ly/MoneyWiseKidsWorkshop
     Fairy Godmother Website >>   
    https://www.fairygodmotherinc.com/
     Details about Donna's 9 Week Money Magic Program >>
    https://moneymagicprogram.com
     For more on Money Magic >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdMNnYWUfWc 

    Thank you so much for listening! Please like and subscribe to join our community. If you enjoyed the podcast, consider leaving a review and sharing the episode with your network. 
    Join the Future Smart Parent Community:
    Instagram | Newsletter signup | Facebook Group 

    • 23 min
    How to raise entrepreneurial kids and why it's important for them

    How to raise entrepreneurial kids and why it's important for them

    Episode Summary: 
    We talk about reframing entrepreneurship and the skills that are most valuable to instill in our children. Some of these skills include self-awareness, confidence, resilience, learning that it’s okay to fail (something some parents could also learn!) as well as, innovation, independence, and critical problem-solving! Without these ‘soft’ skills it becomes almost impossible for us to empower our children to become successful entrepreneurs. 
    We need to break away from the conventional mold that has been built, despite how easy it is to slip into. Although our education system is flawed, parents need to understand that the way the system has been set up is not the only way, nor is it the best way, for our children to be set up for success. 
    The world of business and the world of work has shifted dramatically, and unfortunately, the schooling system in South Africa has not seen that same shift. But as parents, we have the opportunity to push the boundaries for our children, to open new doors for them, and to help them build the self-confidence and capabilities to thrive and succeed in this new socio-economic climate. 
    Be bold enough to allow your children to break out of conventional norms and push boundaries. There are so many pathways and avenues that lead to success that children no longer need to follow ‘traditional routes’. So be brave, be bold! 
    Connect with Danie Jacobs and Young Entrepreneurs:
    Website: https://www.younge.online 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YEEntrepreneurs 
    Email: info@younge.co.za 
    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/yeyoungentrepreneurs/ 

    Thank you so much for listening! Please like and subscribe to join our community. If you enjoyed the podcast, consider leaving a review and sharing the episode with your network. 
    Join the Future Smart Parent Community:
    Instagram | Newsletter signup | Facebook Group 

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Mxsandy12 ,

Incredible parenting pod!

Well done and so helpful!!!

Top Podcasts In Kids & Family

Dr. Becky Kennedy
PodcastOne
Dear Media, Aliza Pressman
National Geographic Kids
Tinkercast | Wondery
PodcastOne

You Might Also Like