There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather: Book Review

by Josée

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather is written by Linda Åkeson McGurk, a Swedish-born mother of two that lives in rural Indiana, USA. In Indiana, McGurk wondered why so few children were playing in parks, walking about town or going outside in rain or snow. Looking for answers and hoping to show her own daughters a glimpse of her own childhood, McGurk leaves Indiana to spend six months in Sweden. Along the way, she makes many wonderful discoveries about the importance of nature and outdoor play in raising healthy and happy children.

Prior to reading this book I had been following McGurk’s blog and Facebook page: Rain or Shine Mamma. I really liked the content she was sharing and was thrilled when she published her book. With the book finally in hand, I looked at the cover with curiosity. Here was Backwoods Mama about to read a book by Rain or Shine Mamma. Would I learn something new, helpful or different? The answer: Absolutely!

Not only is There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather very approachable and heartfelt, intertwined in McGurk’s story are Scandinavian parenting tips for dressing for the weather, making outside time a priority, getting your little one to nap outside (wish I would have done that!) and fostering child-lead play. She writes about the importance of letting our kids get dirty and climb trees. She even delves into the hot topic of free range parenting.

I promise that no matter where you are on your journey to raise outdoor kids There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather will give you helpful tools, tricks and tips. Even outdoorsy parents will find nuggets of gold in this book. My only warning is that you may want to move to Sweden after reading it.

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes! – Linda Åkeson McGurk

The Giveaway

If you want to read this book, but don’t have the time, enter to win a copy of the audiobook version. Listen to the audiobook on the way to and from work, while your doing chores around the house or even as you wind down at night. Enter below!

One (1) Copy of the Audiobook Version of *There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather*

This giveaway ends on January 23, 2017 at midnight PST. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from Touchstone for review purposes; however, all thoughts and opinions shared about this book are my own. This page contains Amazon Affiliates links and I may earn a small commission from your purchases made through them. 

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Kelcey Murdoch January 19, 2018 - 7:46 am

Everything about this books sounds amazing! I want to read it!

Jackie lindsay January 19, 2018 - 9:30 am

I’d love to listen to this book! We love going outside but a little extra motivation on those dreary days would be helpful!

Melissa M January 20, 2018 - 3:13 pm

My biggest challenge in getting my kid (I only have one) is often *my* motivation and willingness (or challenge with) to deal with cold weather.

Jenn January 20, 2018 - 3:30 pm

This looks fabulous, and audio is even better so we can listen to it in the car.

Victoria Morneau January 20, 2018 - 3:33 pm

I have been wanting to read this book for a few months now! Would love to read it and get motivated.

Kari Tonkin January 20, 2018 - 3:41 pm

Our biggest challenge is our work schedules. Mr NTF works 4-on-4-off so sometimes he works weekends and we just lose motivation to get out on those weekends! ?

Jennifer Barney January 20, 2018 - 3:57 pm

I try so hard to get my kids and I outside, but I’m such a wuss when it’s cold outside!

Dana January 21, 2018 - 10:58 am

This sounds like a fun book! 🙂

Katy January 21, 2018 - 8:36 pm

I find that our outdoor play is much deeper and wide ranging when it is truly child led, and that is MUCH easier to accomplish that when friends are present in addition to my 2 kids. My biggest challenge is maintaining a supply of friends with time to come spend the day in the wild patches! Especially as the weather “worsens” it’s hard to orchestrate get together. I have started a local nature play Facebook group though, so I have a pretty good supply of friends.ds to come!

Emily F January 21, 2018 - 9:00 pm

I would love to listen to this book!

Cecile Gratton January 21, 2018 - 9:26 pm

We love outside time. I just need to research more fun games and activities for the little ones to do while we’re out! This book looks like a great read.

kelsie walker January 21, 2018 - 9:43 pm

Our biggest challenge is our schedules and lack of daylight in the winter! By the time my oldest gets out of school there’s only an hour left of sunlight, and it’s never enough!

Athomps January 21, 2018 - 9:58 pm

I’d love to listen to this book I’ve already read it but would be amazing to have my own copy to listen to in the car while dreaming about being outside! Thanks for the gentle reminder to buck up and get outside!

Alessandra Defavari January 22, 2018 - 2:10 am

It is very hard for me to purchase this book due to my very cheap currency, but I’ve been looking for a way to access it, maybe this is it ?

Sarai January 22, 2018 - 3:59 am

This book is already on my reading list! I have been using it as mantra when my kids go play in the rain, snow, & sun…

Sarah January 22, 2018 - 5:14 am

I struggle motivating myself to get bundled and make my way out into the cold.

Shannon January 22, 2018 - 8:48 am

Our biggest challenge is the COLD, our kiddos are on snow day #9 today. The last few snow days have been -20+ so getting outdoors have been daunting. Hoping for warmer weather soon!

Amanda Strunk January 22, 2018 - 4:43 pm

I would love to win this audiobook to get some tips to getting outside more!

Cassandra @ His & Her Outfitters January 22, 2018 - 5:52 pm

Can’t wait to Listen!

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