There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather

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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"Bringing Up Bebe 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"--
Published: New York :, Touchstone,, 2017.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501143625
Branch Call Number: 649.1094 MACG
Characteristics: xiv, 285 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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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.

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Dec 04, 2019

I found the book to be thought-provoking and interesting. I appreciated the author's immersion in her native Sweden with her young children, as it helped to illustrate the contrasts she was drawing between life in the United States, and in another industrialized country.

While my childhood is now recalled in pleasant memory, and my children are both grown, I still find myself longing to connect children to the natural world. I hope this book serves as an source of inspiration for young families today.

Feb 28, 2019

While I agree with the other comment about this book being repetitive and just a tad condescending in places (just a few), I also think the book was inspiring and thought-provoking. It was a smooth and easy read which I appreciated.

The book has reminded me of my own childhood in the country and the many memories I have that involve the outdoors. It also made me want to make more of an effort to get outdoors, no matter the weather; so I probably need to invest in some long underwear and wool socks for my boys. ;)

All in all, I enjoyed the book and will recommend it to others. <3

Apr 18, 2018

Concepts introduced in this book are repetitive. The comparison / contrast of US school system to Sweden's comes off as condescending. Aside from a short blurb at the end of each chapter, McGurk does little to explain how to implement Scandinavian techniques in the US.

However, I appreciated a lot of the research woven together with her family's story throughout. For a more fun look at Scandinavian lifestyles, consider A Year of Living Danishly.


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