There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge) by Linda Åkeson McGurk

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There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge) Read Online Free - “A perfect antidote to the hyper-vigilant, extra-electrified, standardized-tested, house-arrested, 21st-century childhood.” —Richard Louv, bestselling author of Last Child in the Woods and Vitamin N

Bringing Up Bébé meets Last Child in the Woods in this lively, insightful memoir about a mother who sets out to discover if the nature-centric parenting philosophy of her native Scandinavia holds the key to healthier, happier lives for her American children.

When Swedish-born Linda McGurk moved to small-town Indiana with her American husband to start a family, she quickly realized that her outdoorsy ways were not the norm. In Sweden children play outside all year round, regardless of the weather, and letting young babies nap outside in freezing temperatures is not only common—it is a practice recommended by physicians. In the US, on the other hand, she found that the playgrounds, which she had expected to find teeming with children, were mostly deserted. In preschool, children were getting drilled to learn academic skills, while their Scandinavian counterparts were climbing trees, catching frogs, and learning how to compost. Worse, she realized that giving her daughters the same freedom to play outside that she had enjoyed as a child in Sweden could quickly lead to a visit by Child Protective Services.

The brewing culture clash finally came to a head when McGurk was fined for letting her children play in a local creek, setting off an online firestorm when she expressed her anger and confusion on her blog. The rules and parenting philosophies of her native country and her adopted homeland were worlds apart.

Struggling to fit in and to decide what was best for her children, McGurk turned to her own childhood for answers. Could the Scandinavian philosophy of “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” be the key to better lives for her American children? And how would her children’s relationships with nature change by introducing them to Scandinavian concepts like friluftsliv (“open-air living”) and hygge (the coziness and the simple pleasures of home)? McGurk embarked on a six-month-long journey to Sweden to find out. There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather is a fascinating personal narrative that highlights the importance of spending time outdoors, and illustrates how the Scandinavian culture could hold the key to raising healthier, resilient, and confident children in America.

Title : There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge)
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ISBN : 150114362X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Jessica rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 17, 2017

I feel the need to qualify my two-star review here. I agreed with every bit of parenting advice in this book. If I'd read it in the first couple of years of my parenting experience, I would have found it inspirational. But, instead, I've been trying for years to do exactly these things, but in Kan...

Sarah rated it ★★★★★

June 22, 2017

This book is a wonderful blend of memoir and research (research studies, interview with professionals, and interviews with Swedish parents). McGurk explores the importance of nature in childhood in addition to other topics such as free play, risky play, giving children freedom, screen time, and c...

Andrienne rated it ★★★★☆

June 10, 2017

Made me realize that parenting nowadays takes the easy way out by way of iPads and Youtube. This is a wake-up call to parents who are not providing enough fresh air and one-on-one interaction with their kids. A must read. Review access provided by the publisher.

Courtney rated it ★★★★☆

August 31, 2017

For someone who proclaims to despise being outside, I have spent over 3 hours outside with my children everyday for the past week. It is in large part due to this book, and also some not so hot days. I will refer back to TNSTBW as the winter sets in, I'm sure, when I need some more motivation. Re...

Tess rated it ★★★★★

November 17, 2017

This book is a beautiful blend of memoir and research. McGurk perfectly describes the challenges parents and children face today when it comes to getting outside, the school system, screentime, community, and more. She compiled relevant research on these topics, as well as references other author...

Amanda rated it ★★★☆☆

November 17, 2017

I found it interesting, but repetitive. Also, the highlighting of all the “normal” parenting stuff that lands people in hot water with CPS was anxiety fuel and really undermined the message.

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

November 25, 2017

This book is not quite what I expected, but I enjoyed reading it. I came across it when I searched for books containing the word "hygge," which is a Danish mindset of getting through the winter using candles, wool socks, and sweets. The word "hygge" is in the subtitle of this book, but it is real...

Roslyn rated it ★★★☆☆

January 05, 2018

This is one of those easy little books whose whole idea could be summarized in one paragraph or even a single sentence: Get your kids outside! Thoughts: How much does the Scandinavian cultural obsession with "getting outside" have to do with survival at latitudes with such a severe lack of sun that...

KC rated it ★★★★★

November 23, 2017

This book is a well sorted out description of how children are raised in the Scandinavian way and how American families can incorporate these methods into their own lives. While free play and recess are on the decline and obesity and standardize test score pressures mount, families, schools, neig...

Heather rated it ★★★★☆

January 13, 2018

The last chapter or two redeemed this book from a 3 to a 4 star for me, with a little bit of a call to action or what we can do to bring the Scandinavian attitude to outside time to America. But besides moving to the country, it did feel kind of depressing throughout with trying to implement ways...

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