Giveaway: There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather

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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 Friluftslive to Hygge) by Linda Åkeson McGurk.


An engaging, accessible mix of endearing memoir, informative parenting guide, and hope for the future, There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather is a must read.

Linda, who blogs over at Rain or Shine Mamma, takes her readers on a journey through the trenches of parenting in both the US and Sweden. She points out the differences, while giving no air of passing harsh judgment, often unobtrusively slipping in studies and statistics to shine the light where needed.

At the end of each Chapter, readers will find a “Scandinavian Parenting Tip” which is part pep-talk, part action. This tip is accompanied by a suggestion for further reading. Readers will also find, sprinkled throughout the book, practical sections on topics such as Dressing for Outdoor Success and Outdoor Napping 101.

I could have used some of these tips when my kids were younger!

In the end, there is hope. Linda talks about her own efforts to connect her girls with nature, and a childhood that looks even somewhat similar to the one she experienced in Sweden. She shares the steps she is taking to create a village of like-minded people and the small steps each family can take to get their kids outside, engage with nature, and reap the multitude of benefits that come with that engagement—bringing balance to our high tech world to foster the “hybrid-mind” our kids need for the future.

We are giving a copy of There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather away to one lucky reader.

Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win.
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The contest will close at midnight Monday, October 16th.

A winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 17th.


And…the winner is…


Congrats, Mariah! 

We will be in touch by email.


Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your wonderful memories! 


Disclaimer: Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. kindly provided me with a copy of  “There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather” for the giveaway, but I only share books that I personally love.  

73 comments… add one

  • Aurora October 13, 2017, 8:59 am

    My girls adore playing in puddles in the rain, and we have started a lovely routine of watching the song from the movie “Singing in The Rain” with our warm tea when we come inside 😊

  • Melodie October 13, 2017, 9:13 am

    This book sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read it!

  • Megan October 13, 2017, 9:46 am

    Arlo took the snuggest nap outside yesterday in the drizzle under the shelter of his stroller and under a big blanket. Now that he’s walking I do need to get him some good outdoor puddle stomping and snow boots.

  • Jennifer October 13, 2017, 9:54 am

    Once when my boys were all still preschool age, I cane down from some alone time to find all of them with Hubby on the front deck dancing and splashing in the rain. Hubby was even holding the baby.

  • Jami October 13, 2017, 10:09 am

    Our favourite activity has always been jumping in puddles and seeing who come make the biggest splash!

  • Allegra Newman October 13, 2017, 10:26 am

    We love playing in the snow. Skiing, quinzee building and just walking in the freshly fallen snow.

  • Karen October 13, 2017, 10:47 am

    Love both of your work so much! Excited to read this!

  • Sarah M October 13, 2017, 11:12 am

    Oh, that’s hard to choose a favorite. We are all-weather-all-year people when it comes to the outdoors, so one of my favorite memories happened to be in the thick of winter in my hometown of Lincoln, NE. We had plenty of snow (1-3 feet? It was always 1-3 feet on the ground) and my husband made my two children, ages 1 and 3, a little wooden cart to sit in, with safety harnesses, and fixed our two labs up to the cart to pull them. Because the cart had bike trailer wheels it could go over almost anything. They had a BLAST. Everyone who saw them either in cars or on the sidewalk laughed and smiled . It was just so cute seeing these two happy labs driving these two bundled babies who were squealing with joy. I’m so glad we took a LOT of pictures of them in that thing!

  • Aimee F October 13, 2017, 11:30 am

    The book would be a great addition to our outdoors loving homeschool!

  • Sara Robison October 13, 2017, 11:58 am

    We had friends over for a s’mores party in the back yard and the weather turned rather quickly. Instead of calling it off, all the kids had a dance party under the downspouts. We’ve never enjoyed a summer storm as much as we did that evening!

  • jennifer October 13, 2017, 12:08 pm

    I love nature walks with my kids and their wonder at all the beautiful leaves covering the ground. Or seeing the light through the golden leaves. They have been decorating the driveway in golden/Red leaves all lined up to make pictures.

  • Rachelle October 13, 2017, 12:30 pm

    Watching and playing with my son in the puddles while it was raining, we were both laughing.

  • Katie @ Stress and Stars October 13, 2017, 12:30 pm

    Puddle jumping, of course! The BEST part of a rainy day!

  • AK October 13, 2017, 12:30 pm

    One spring we had a heavy downpour that sent rivers of water down the street. My kids loved playing out in the water, having races with sticks and leaves floating in the water.

  • Hollie Hardison October 13, 2017, 12:32 pm

    We live on the east coast of NC. The weather is very unpredictable. My favorite memory is playing the mud with my daughter outside on Christmas Eve. It was rather warm, not very Christmas like, but we made the best out of it!

  • Beth October 13, 2017, 12:35 pm

    I love getting my students outside to muck around in puddles!

  • Larin October 13, 2017, 12:41 pm

    My son loves the outdoors and I’m learning that there is no such thing as bad weather! I’d love to read this book!!!

  • Morrighan Crowe October 13, 2017, 12:47 pm

    Rain showers in Hawaii.

  • Jeri Thurber October 13, 2017, 12:47 pm

    Early morning crisp spring air, sitting out looking at the stars.

  • Emily October 13, 2017, 1:01 pm

    Our favorite weather is always playing in the puddles after the rain. The toads are still out and I love taking pictures of the reflections in the water.

  • Liz Burnworth October 13, 2017, 1:03 pm

    My daughter was just running and jumping in the puddles the other day. Looking forward to reading!

  • Melanie October 13, 2017, 1:04 pm

    One of my favourite memories is of my daughter (who was about 2 at the time) running back and forth through the same puddle. She started going faster and faster until she face-planted – she got right back up and kept going!

  • Jamie Viebach October 13, 2017, 1:19 pm

    I’d love to read this book! It sounds great!

  • Robyn October 13, 2017, 1:30 pm

    This book sounds amazing! If I don’t win, I definitely need to buy this one!

  • Helena October 13, 2017, 2:26 pm

    I think my favorite must be seeing the kids enjoy and getting exited about each season. It is such a magical thing.

  • Jennifer Young October 13, 2017, 3:46 pm

    My boys and I like to put a drop of food coloring in a jar and catch rain. Or float little pie tins on puddles!

  • Jennifer B. October 13, 2017, 4:40 pm

    I loved the sheer joy in my toddler every time it snowed last winter. Every morning when he woke up he would go to the window first to check for snow and was so excited when it was present.

  • Jeannette October 13, 2017, 4:42 pm

    When I was a child we lived in a Northern Canada. Picnics in the middle of winter were common and one of my earliest memories. With my own children, we always enjoyed weather walks. Snow or rain, we would animal watch and enjoy our time together.

  • Rachel October 13, 2017, 4:43 pm

    This book is on my “to-read” shelf! We love stomping in puddles!

  • Morgan October 13, 2017, 4:43 pm

    I’ve been eyeing this book for a while, can’t wait to read it!

  • Tamara October 13, 2017, 5:05 pm

    My absolute favorite memory outside with my kids thus far is bundling us up in all our warm snow gear on a cold, winters night and heading outside to lie down in the snow and watch the major meteor shower in Colorado. We live out where there are no streetlights, so it was amazing. Grandma even joined us. Their dad was overseas at the time, so I tried really hard to create some amazing memories during that year so it would go by fast. They are 6 and 7 and still talk about it :)

  • Kim October 13, 2017, 5:08 pm

    Our kids all love the rain!! The fresh, earthy smell, the puddles, the worms that come out to play. One of my favourite memories is of 2 of our little boys pulling words out of puddles and giggling at how long they were and then gently putting them in the muddy garden. All the while the rain was still coming down. I hope I will remember those giggles forever ❤️

  • Kristi October 13, 2017, 5:09 pm

    Living where the weather is cooler most of the year, I live the encouragement to get outside no matter what. And I’m getting over my fear of laundry stains!

  • Suzi Smart October 13, 2017, 5:12 pm

    When my son was 6, we got caught in a thunderstorm while on our bikes in the middle of the mountains. My son was a trooper… he rode through the stream that had been the trail, recovered from a muddy wipeout and was soaked and freezing by the time we got to the car 5 km later. It’s still an adventure we talk about.

  • Jordin October 13, 2017, 5:25 pm

    I gave this one picture of my oldest three playing outside in puddles. I love it so much.

  • Sandi October 13, 2017, 5:33 pm

    We just received Mail from Germany with new mud pants from Playshoes. I told my 2.5 year old that she needs to wear them so she can keep playing in the mud without getting all cold and wet on her skin. I let her out into the yard. When I followed her a few minutes later, she happily sat in the deepest spot of the run-off puddle with muddy water reaching her bellybutton. “I’m not wet on my skin, mama!”

  • Melissa Richardson October 13, 2017, 5:41 pm

    Last weekend we had a wonderful warm and rainy Saturday. Doesn’t stop my 3 boys, ages 9,6,& 5, from going out and playing in our backyard. Pouring down rain and we still went out to jump on our trampoline. They slipped and slided all over the place. They had so much fun and got super soaked. You’re only a kid once so I’m always up to making messes and getting dirty. Let them be boys I say :)

  • Michelle Head October 13, 2017, 5:52 pm

    We had a huge summer rainstorm one day and we went out to play, run, skip in the rain and splash in the huge puddles in our front yard and the street. We had so much fun we had other kids and parents come out and join us.

  • Stacy October 13, 2017, 6:20 pm

    Last spring my daughter was so excited for a rainy day – we got suited up and went out to play in a big rainstorm. We jumped in puddles, watched worms and walked through the woods! Such great fun.

  • Bethany October 13, 2017, 7:02 pm

    I can’t wait to read this!

  • Rosemary October 13, 2017, 7:12 pm

    Ha! Steve was just looking at this book in his feed and said he wanted to get it. Then I saw it too and asked if he saw the giveaway – nope! Looks like a great read (We’re loving the quote on the front!)

  • Rosemary October 13, 2017, 7:16 pm

    Oh! Weather-related memory?! Has got to be the one we talk about all the time – when there had been a snowstorm and Steve built a quinzhee with the girls, and right after he said “Finished!”, the cat ran up on top and peed on it! The girls were just laughing about that yesterday.

  • Zoe October 13, 2017, 7:45 pm

    Puddles! Definitely puddles! They seem to have their own gravitational pull :)

  • Kat October 13, 2017, 7:59 pm

    We play outside every day! And when the snow falls it’s hard to get my kids inside no matter how cold it is! It helps that our neighbour owns a bobcat and pushes ALL the neighbourhood snow in to our yard to make a mammoth sized pile!!

  • Miranda October 13, 2017, 8:12 pm

    Riding bikes in the rain as fast as we could to escape lightning! Looking forward to reading this book!

  • Rebecca Daavettila October 13, 2017, 9:15 pm

    We had a torrential downpour during a camping trip last year. Thankfully, we had our rain gear along so my son (then 2yrs old) spent hours running back and forth in a huge puddle! He was a “happy camper “!

  • Staci October 13, 2017, 9:28 pm

    Some of our favorite memories outside with our family include: puddle jumping, backyard tent camping, roasting S’mores as we travel to new states, acorn collection, and the most fun OWLING!

  • Julie October 13, 2017, 9:34 pm

    Friluftsliv and hygge sounds compelling :)

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  • Kim October 13, 2017, 9:55 pm

    Playing in the rain!

  • CrystalD October 13, 2017, 10:22 pm

    Thank you for offering this giveaway! I think my favorite weather-related moment with my children was a few winters back, when eastern Massachusetts broke the seasonal snowfall record. We had so much snow that it drifted up over one of our first floor windows. My oldest scrambled up the snowbank and climbed up onto the kitchen roof! My husband made paths through the snow with the snowblower that towered over my toddler’s head. We’d open the front door the day after a storm and the drift would reach halfway up the doorframe. My boys still talk about the wonder of that winter!

  • Allison October 13, 2017, 10:50 pm

    One of my favorite weather memories with my kids is camping in the rain. We stayed awake half the night watching the lightning flash andd the thunder roar, but it was such a cozy night cuddled together in sleeping bags, chatting.

  • Tashina October 13, 2017, 11:31 pm

    Throwing my 4 year old in the snow to make designs :) we live in New England so we get plenty of it!

  • Danielle Roland October 14, 2017, 12:07 am

    Best memory I have of my kiddo is when it rained and we went outside to stomp the puddles. We got the oddest looks from neighbors who then laughed and sometimes joined us. We were out the longest for over an hour. The next time it rained my mother was worried about finding indoor activities. His response was telling, “don’t worry grandma, we always go play in the rain!” Smart kid.

  • Alicia Mason October 14, 2017, 12:22 am

    Such a great book to give away to share this philosophy of getting back in touch with nature! I love going outdoors in any weather! Hiking in the rain is so nice!

  • Katherine October 14, 2017, 1:59 am

    My favorite weather related activity is playing in the snow, we don’t get a lot here, so its uber special when we have enough to play in. Its cold but the snow has pockets of warm, we layer up and play until we start to get numb. We sled, we build snowpeople, we sled, we make tracks in the clean snow, we look at the tracks of other animals, etc.

  • Fions October 14, 2017, 2:48 am

    My fav memory is any winter camping trips. I love winter. My children love building snowforts. It’s different every year, we experiment with structures.

  • Kay October 14, 2017, 8:13 am

    Favourite all weather memory. Watching my daughter jump in puddles so high it filled up her gumboots.

  • Bethany Ishee October 14, 2017, 8:14 am

    Feeding the ducks on a beautiful fall day, nothing better!

  • Kallie Burruano October 14, 2017, 8:40 am

    The first time they went creeking and declared it was better than tv!

  • Lindsey G October 14, 2017, 8:58 am

    One of my favourite memories involves heading to the beach (we live in PEI, Canada) on Christmas Day a few years ago. It was an unusually warm day, probably 15C, but also windy and rainy. We braved the wet and winds and ran around the beach for awhile, collecting treasures and yelling into the wind. We got back to the car just as a torrential downpour began. It was a memorable Christmas Day!

  • Kat October 14, 2017, 9:55 am

    The day after we brought my first son home, it started snowing and didn’t let up. We cozied in for the winter and took long walks with him tucked under my big puffy jacket. He didn’t see grass until April! The beginning of a love affair with winter!

  • Laura Zarzycki October 14, 2017, 10:08 am

    Growing up, I lived on a river… We were definitely barefoot, running through the woods, kind of a kids! One winter morning, after a freezing rain storm, we bundled up and went sledding ON TOP OF THE ICE! Down the hill, we couldn’t actually stop the sled!!! And onto the river we went. It was fun! And no one fell through! Lol

  • Patrick October 14, 2017, 10:33 am

    Camping for The Biggest Week in American Birding and we got 3in of rain in two days. We said screw it and went puddle stomping. Great fun

  • Jeanne October 14, 2017, 11:52 am

    So many wonderful memories. Hiking, geocaching, playing in waterfalls, dancing in the rain, building snowforts…..we love playing outside.

  • Lindsay October 14, 2017, 2:05 pm

    My favourite weather memory with kids is a song my eldest always sings… she was born on the We(s)t Coast but we moved to dry Calgary shortly thereafter. We rarely get rain here, but I’ve managed to instil a love of the wet stuff in her with a song, “Rain, rain, I love rain, because I’m from Van-couuu-ver!” It’s goofy, but it makes my heart soar every time I hear her gleefully sing it.

  • Laura C. October 14, 2017, 5:30 pm

    It’s a toss up between puddle jumping a snow days!! :)

  • Michelle Franklin October 14, 2017, 10:56 pm

    I have beautiful pictures of my 3 oldest kids running in the pouring rain on a summer day. Squeals of delight all around!!

  • Malissa October 15, 2017, 1:24 am

    When I was pregnant with my fourth, we all ran outside in the rain without coats and got soaked splashing in puddles.

  • Yanic October 15, 2017, 12:15 pm

    This book is SOOO on my wish list! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Sara Defilipps October 15, 2017, 11:56 pm

    A favorite memory of mine is watching my son run through downpouring rain and have the time of his life ❤️

  • Ali October 17, 2017, 12:22 am

    I love running out in the rain with my kids to jump in puddles!!!

  • Mary October 17, 2017, 12:42 am

    My daughter loves playing in the rain and jumping in the puddles. She loves being outdoors no matter what the weather! She’d be outside all day every day if she could. She’s always looking for bugs and she has hatched some butterflies & moths from caterpillars she’s caught. She’s always discovering something outside!

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