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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)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,905 ratings  ·  553 reviews
“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 nativ
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Touchstone
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Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: homeschooling
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 Kansas. So instead I was just mildly annoyed to hear over and over how they do it better in Sweden. That's lovely, but I'm not in Sweden.

The book I really wanted to be reading was about her trials and trib
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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!


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 if the culture doesn't strongly enforce getting its people outside, they would all die of vitamin D deficiencies? Didn't I read somewhere that people who live in LA get more than enough vitamin D just d
This. Book. Cannot recommend it enough. It's my everything right now. Wonderfully written with beautiful details, humor, and honesty. It's inspired me to make changes that are already underway: finding a neighbor with a house who will split the cost of their composting bin pickup since we can't get one for our condo association, trying to form a Free Forest School in OPRF, taking A out for walks regardless of the weather and not stopping her from getting dirty in the process.

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Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 community. This enjoyable read has already inspired me to get my kids outside more, even when the weather isn't my ideal!

I received an ARC from NetGalley. This book will be released on October 3, 2017.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
This entire book can be summed up in a few words, let your kids play outside.

I like the premise of this book that outside is not something to be feared and outdoor enjoyment can be found in all seasons. I'm already convinced of the need to let kids play in nature, they truly benefit from that outdoor time, so I was hoping for some practical tips on what to do with your family once you get them outside. Especially when you have to spend your outdoor time in your neighborhood which probably is no
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a very intriguing book and one I would recommend for educators, people interested in child development, and parents of young children. I wish I had read it 20 years ago, because I would have tweaked my own parenting a bit. Basically, kids need to be outside...a lot. And outside without any agenda. And left on their own to make mistakes, learn independence, problem solving, self-reliance and things of that ilk. Basically, less helicopter parenting and more nature exploring

This book is su
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.

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Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again, while not all parts of this one were equally interesting to me, overall, the book definitely merited 5 stars because it has FOREVER changed the way I will approach parenting, in that I plan to include a LOT more outdoor play on a daily basis in our lives. It made me really think about how I've unconsciously discouraged a lot of unsupervised outdoor play, and it also made me realize that I've even sometimes discouraged my daughter from playing outside simply because I didn't want to d ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 authors, gives tips, and recommended continued reading. This beautiful story is enough to inspire anyone to want to go outside more, weather is no excuse.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 I agree with much of what this book has to say but I wish it had more scenarios and practical applications for those of us who live in the states and are trying to raise wild children in relatively urban environments.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I am a HUGE get outside kids Mom. I love being outside and know that I am a better person when I get some fresh air everyday (even in the winter) I try to incorporate that into my kids lives as well. I walked them to school during their elementary years and miss that special nature and talking time together. It is a struggle to get my kids and sometimes my husband outside now but when we do it is always a special memory and my kids want to go out more.

I was inspired by this book but did get tir
Suzanne Reynolds
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a refreshing read when there is so much pressure on parents to start academic learning earlier and earlier. If you work with little ones or have some of your own, this is a great reminder to get outside!
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another affirming book for me. I love finding like-minded people in authors. It would be 5 stars if half the book wasn't focused on how amazing Sweden was. 😂 Though I agree. I'd move there. 💕 ...more
Allysia K
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could sum up this book simply - let kids play outside, nature is awesome, getting dirty is good, don't overparent. These statements all make sense but they're delivered with plenty of conviction - I couldn't help but be persuaded. Now to spend more time outside during our Canadian winters! ...more
Amy T.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 really about something entirely different.

I have always struggled with getting through the winter. A few years ago, I was reading a cookbook of all things, and that is where I first read the phrase, "There i
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
So, there wasn't anything earth-shattering that I learned from this book. And I definitely knew it would be filled with a healthy dose of "this is why your American way of parenting is not that great, here's why my Scandinavian way of parenting is way better". But I did have some light bulb moments during the read, especially as I contemplated my own hesitancy for embracing outside activity in ALL kinds of weather. Such as - how can we enjoy playing outside in less-than-ideal weather if we don't ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. Recently, we've added a Nature Explore Classroom to our library system and there has been lots of talk about activities we can do even during the "off" season. When I saw the author lives in Indiana, I kne ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm returning this book to the library because I just can't make myself finish it right now.
The writing style is disorganized as though the author couldn't decide if she wanted to tell a narrative or prove a series of theses and so attempted to do both simultaneously.
Apart from the writing style, the content isn't what I was expecting. The title and description lead the reader to believe that this is a book about parenting. While it does include a parenting tip at the end of each chapter, the
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is very well researched and well written and I agree whole heartedly with the message, but to be honest about halfway through I just kept wanting to shout “ok we get it. Scandinavia is better at everything.” The tangents about how Sweden is superior with trash and recycling, kids eating their school lunch, preschool and after school care being free, screen time, etc etc etc got old. Stick to the chapters about the benefits of outdoor play and forest schools, which I did enjoy learning ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the statistics and thrust of the book. I was hoping for more practical ways to get out with my kids but I understand that's not what she was writing. Pretty inspiring and I enjoyed her literary voice. ...more
Kelcey Murdoch
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well now I need to move to a Scandinavian country so I can raise my daughter the way I would like to!
This book is part memoir, part examination of Scandinavian parenting vs. American parenting, and part treatise on how to change American parenting techniques for the better. Like Richard Louv's books, this one primarily explores the way that children benefit from being exposed to nature. There is a lot to take away from this book in terms to how school systems could benefit from more nature focused learning, and how parents could both get a break from intensely monitoring their children's play ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Apr 27, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I'm abandoning this book at 45% because it's starting to talk a lot about conservation and climate change and my eyes are glazing over. I was hoping for practical advice on how to give kids more outside time in a culture where that is sometimes seen as odd, but the book seems to drift further from that as it goes on. While it was interesting to read about some of the ways Swedish government and culture support kids in exploring nature, not much of it was applicable to my life as a suburban mom i ...more
Ann Warren
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was very well written - a good mix of anecdotes about raising her daughters and research. She spends 6 months in Sweden with her children, and the differences in schooling and parenting culture were fascinating. I was left inspired to get outside with my kids more, not be such a helicopter parent, limit our screen time but be realistic, and again - spend more time in nature. Highly recommend to any parents trying to raise kids in our modern world!
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
An appeal to get kids outside despite the weather. Having them form bonds with nature early on builds their desire to care for it as they grow older and also builds their immunity. Social trust in neighborhoods helps kids establish strong relationships in their communities.

I loved this book so much. I only wish it had been published when my kids were younger so they could have benefited more, though I do think they all have strong ties to nature.
Terra Fisk
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was prepared to be bored and slightly turned off by this book. I was neither. I found the topic engaging. Her writing style light, easy, and entertaining. Her recommendations and arguments were thought provoking and practical. I was challenged to live life differently and began implementing ideas before I even finished the book. I highly recommended it!
Kelsey Ebling
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
this book has inspired me to make a point of getting me and my kids outside everyday for at least 30 minutes. I recommend the read to anyone who is interested in learning more about swedish culture, but especially to parents of young children.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
It got a little repetitive at the end but overall a very interesting book.
Started reading this and it is very readable, the author is really sweet, and I love that she is in Indiana since my parents relocated there! (Hi, Mom & Dad!)

I 100% agree with the message of this book, I'm only abandoning it because I have read a lot of parenting books written in this style and it's a waste of time for me unless it's a new concept (which this isn't). I am not rating it because I wouldn't necessarily dissuade anyone from reading it. It's also a good reminder to me here in the Pac
Esther Yutzy
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Compelling reasons why children should play outside unsupervised. My children are now shooed outside more than they were before I read the book. (sorry kids!)
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