Linda Akeson McGurk doesn’t allow snow or the frigid cold stop her from venturing outdoors alone or with her children.
“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids” is McGurk’s lighthearted memoir. But read between the lines and you’ll find her beliefs and observations go a long way in opening our eyes to the cultural parenting differences she found while living in rural Indiana.
On the coldest days, McGurk, a Swedish-born, outdoor-centric Indiana transplant, quickly learned her parenting philosophy wasn’t embraced by many American moms or educators. She soon discovered American children spent days upon days hunkered down indoors watching television or attached to their electronics.
In Sweden, preschool-age children play outdoors year-round. Their parents cultivate a love for nature from birth and in fact, nature is regarded as essential to a healthy, happy childhood. Scandinavian moms add appropriate layers of clothing and set out on foot with their children in tow.
Is it possible “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER?” is a prescription for a more fulfilling life? Consider the alarming rise in ADHD and other psychological disorders that could be prevented or treated with more time outdoors.
McGurk’s mission is to open our eyes to a lifestyle that has taken a backseat to all that keeps us indoors. It’s time we put down our smartphones, walk away from our computers, and rediscover the simple pleasures. I’m going outdoors now.