In today’s episode we had the honor of speaking with journalist and author, Linda McGurk! Linda blogs over at Rain or Shine Mamma and is the author of ‘There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge)’.
When Linda moved from Sweden to Indiana, she quickly learned that the nature-centric parenting philosophies of her native Scandinavia were not the norm. In Sweden, children play outdoors year-round, regardless of the weather, and letting babies nap outside in freezing temperatures is common and recommended by physicians. Preschoolers spend their days climbing trees, catching frogs, and learning to compost, and environmental education is a key part of the public-school curriculum. In the US, McGurk found the playgrounds deserted, and preschoolers were getting drilled on academics with little time for free play in nature. And when a swimming outing at a nearby creek ended with a fine from a park officer, McGurk realized that the parenting philosophies of her native country and her adopted homeland were worlds apart.
Struggling to decide what was best for her family, McGurk embarked on a six-month journey to Sweden with her two daughters to see how their lives would change in a place where spending time in nature is considered essential to a good childhood. (Description from Amazon)
After reading her book her philosophy, ideas, and thoughts have become an inspiration to us and our entire family. During our conversation we spoke about the importance and culture of the outdoors, teaching children to respect nature, and how we as parents are essential when it comes to creating a positive mindset for our children and their love of wild places. Linda was such an amazing and gracious person to speak with and we hope you enjoy this as much as we did. So grab a seat and join us as we get inspired to not just survive the season but to embrace it!
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Book: There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge): McGurk, Linda Åkeson: 9781501143632: Amazon.com: Books