There´s no such thins as bad weather

av Linda Åkeson McGurk (2018)

Om boken
When Swedish-born Linda Åkeson McGurk moved 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. Insightful and lively, There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather is a fascinating personal narrative that illustrates how Scandinavian culture could hold the key to raising healthy, resilient, and confident children in America.

Min kommentar
Jag gillade den här historien. Författaren lyckas förmedla sitt budskap otroligt väl genom hennes personliga historia som också innefattar intervjuer med personer hon möter på sin resa. Tänkvärt som tusan, som går lite i linje med Frigående barn som jag nyligen läste. När det handlar om barn på det här sättet, hur vi halvt låser fast dem i soffan inomhus, så är det så sorgligt. Barn behöver vara i rörelse och det utomhus och det är tragiskt hur vi för varje generation glömmer hur de en gång haft det. Och se hur det går med sjukdomar fysiskt som mentalt idag…liksom vår naturrelation.

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