Linda Åkeson McGurk
Writer, author and speaker
Linda Åkeson McGurk is a Swedish American writer and author of the parenting memoir There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge) which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2017 to critical acclaim. Her second book, The Open-Air Life: Discover the Nordic Art of Friluftsliv and Connect with Nature Every Day was published by Penguin Random House in 2022. McGurk and her books have been featured in several leading American magazines, newspapers and online sites, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Orion Magazine, Slate Magazine, TreeHugger, ScaryMommy and many more. Her own writings about Scandinavian parenting have appeared in publications across the world, including Time.com and Parents.com. McGurk is a passionate advocate for the Nordic outdoor tradition friluftsliv and believes that the best childhood memories are created outside, while jumping in puddles, digging in dirt, catching bugs and climbing trees. She is the founder of the blog Rain or Shine Mamma, a resource where parents and other caregivers find tips and inspiration for outdoor play every day, regardless of the weather.