There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather
- A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge)
- Narrated by: Ann Richardson
- Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-10-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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.
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Frydaze on 07-09-18
One of the best parenting books, in my opinion
As a first-time parent, this book gave me ideas on how to raise my little one. We probably know that spending time outside or getting the kids out of the house is necessary, and this book reinforces that and talks about all the benefits that children get from the outdoors.
I started searching forest schools near the area, nature reserves, national parks, child friendly outdoor places, which I probably would not be doing if I didn’t listen to this book.
This was my first audibook ever, and made me want to keep my subscription to listen to more.
By Sheila on 16-07-18
Everything a parent needs to hear!
Making me more conscious of getting the kids out in nature not just for a 5minute kick-about but an everyday adventure. Also made me thankful for the outdoor amenities we are so lucky to live beside. I'll be highly recommending.
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By Tana on 03-11-17
Great concept, interesting writing.
Highly recommend for anyone considering alternative educational methods or nature based child rearing. The author offered good information in a positive way, and was -for the most part- pretty balanced in her comparisons of various cultures.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 20-11-17
I found this book very interesting and on point with my philosophy. Some very interesting confirmations and ideas from the Scandinavian countries. I don’t completely agree with everything on the education pieces, but see the author’s point of view and how it could be beneficial. Overall a great listen and worth the time.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful