Thandiwe McCloy, Uncut LoveLife

If there’s one book you’d be smart to hold on to your whole life through, it’s this one!

Fr Theo Macupe

“This is the best, most practical and down-to-earth book for young people that I have come across!”



Andre Kraak, principal, Steenberg High

I wish I’d had Tug of Life long ago. It would have changed my life!’



Eugene Nkabinde, DRUM magazine

If you don’t have the answer, you’ll find it in this book



Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM Archbishop of Durban

Tug of Life is an invaluable and life-changing methodology - all our young people and families should use it!"



Andrew Cook, Principal, Mitchell House.

I am still glowing from all the good things that parents and heads have said to me about the impact you made

Peta-Ann Chipps, director Student Welfare, Grayston Preparatory school

The session was fantastic! The children really enjoyed it and took some valuable tips from it. So did the teachers!”

A warm welcome from the team at Life Talk and the Tug of Life!

We are the go-to place for tips, tools and advice for parents and young people. More than just an organisation, our team is dedicated to a solution-driven approach to life – encouraging proactive thinking through our newsletters, series of books as well as key talks and videos – all with the aim of promoting the notion of leading a more fulfilled and enriched life.

Our mission is to empower all young people to make life-enriching choices; equipping parents for proactive parenting and inspiring families to thrive.

To learn more about what we do, including meeting  the team and to read a few testimonials about our work, please head over here.

Life is a Tug-of-War:
Grab this opportunity to change lives!

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Looking for advice?

We’ve got you covered. Our newsletters and books cover hundreds of topics and challenges relevant to young people, parents and grandparents. Make sure you subscribe to our ‘News & Advice’ section to stay up to date with regular new topics as discussed by our panel of experts.


We’re delighted to present a range of talks ready for you to enjoy, whether you’re a parent, high school learner, an educator or even a youth leader.


For more, check out our range of books, including Life Talk for a Daughter, Life Talk for a Son, Life Talk for Parents and the Tug of Life, which have all been written by acclaimed author, Izabella Gates. Each book offers a unique perspective based on a variety of issues faced by teens and parents alike.

Proceeds from the sales of the books help us keep the forum running, website online and updated and ensures we continue to spread a positive message of hope. For more, click on the book that most interests you below.

Our best-selling books offer teens, young adults and parents practical insight into life’s various issues and challenges.

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We’re always just a stone’s throw away via social media or through our contact page. Questions, queries, topic suggestions… shoot! We’d love to hear from you and our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

All advice given is given in good faith and the Life Talk team and its advisors/panel members cannot  accept responsibility for any consequent actions arising therefrom.


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