PODCAST 7 - Rain or Shine Mama with Linda McGurk

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Rain or Shine Mama with Linda McGurk

Have you ever thought you should go outside on a bad day but couldn’t find the motivation? Join Shanti Hodges in finding the answer with Linda McGurk the author of an upcoming book “There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids.” Linda shares her secrets and talk about gear and how Scandinavian culture differs from American when it comes to getting outside with kids. Learn cool new words like Friluftsliv, which translates to “open air life”.


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About Linda McGurk

I’m a journalist and photographer who grew up in Sweden, approximately on the same latitude as the Gulf of Alaska. When I spend time in nature with my two young daughters, I’m also known as a worm-digger, frog catcher, splinter remover, tree identifier, mud cleaner-upper, tent raiser, band aid provider, and fire builder-in-chief.

So why “Rain or Shine Mamma”?

When I grew up I was taught to go outside every day, rain or shine, because it was “good for me.” At the time, I probably didn’t even realize how true that was. I was quite contented making mud cakes and building forts in the woods.

After becoming a mother I noticed that many American children seem to lack a meaningful connection with nature, and I started this blog in 2013 as a way to inspire outdoor play and adventure every day, regardless of the weather. I want my children to be able to explore the wonders of the natural world the way I did, and if I can inspire others in the process, it will be well worth it.

As Richard Louv so aptly puts it: “Every child needs nature. Not just the ones with parents who appreciate nature. Not only those of a certain economic class or culture or gender or sexual identity or set of abilities. Every child.”

About Hike it Baby

Hike it Baby is the fastest growing new parent outdoors group in the country with over 200,000 families participating on social media and 3,000 in-person crowdsourced hikes a month in the calendar. To learn more about Hike it Baby or get out with the community go to www.hikeitbaby.com to find daily adventures in your backyard.

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