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050 00 BF723.S29|b.M34 2017
082 00 649/.10948|223
100 1 McGurk, Linda Akeson,|eauthor.
245 10 There's no such thing as bad weather :|ba Scandinavian
mom's secrets for raising healthy, resilient, and
confident kids (from friluftsliv to hygge) /|cLinda Akeson
264 1 New York :|bTouchstone,|c2017.
300 xiv, 285 pages :|billustrations ;|c22 cm
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-284) and
505 0 A Swedish mother in rural Indiana -- A right to nature --
Fresh air is good for you -- Just let them play -- We must
all take care of nature -- A little dirt won't hurt (nor
will a little rain) -- Freedom with responsibility --
Outside, there is a better connection -- It takes a
village -- A Scandinavian mother's "get up and go outside"
520 "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"--
|cProvided by publisher.
650 0 Self-reliance in children|zScandinavia.
650 0 Self-confidence in children|zScandinavia.
650 0 Parenting|zScandinavia.
650 0 Parent and child|zScandinavia.
650 0 Lifestyles|zScandinavia.
650 7 FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Motherhood.|2bisacsh
650 7 EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General.
650 7 NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection.|2bisacsh