How My Grandparents Got Me Hooked on Nature by Rain or Shine Mamma
Many of our first, most special childhood memories can be traced back to direct experiences in nature together with a parent, grandparent or other relative. And it really doesn’t take much to get a child hooked on nature. You don’t need a garage full of expensive gear. You don’t have to go on big adventures to exotic locations. You don’t need a ton of money. You don’t even have to be particularly athletic. All it takes is a caring adult that is willing to take a child outside.
ABOUT LINDA: Linda McGurk is a writer and photographer who grew up in Scandinavia, where people live by the mantra “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes,” and spending time in nature is a national obsession. She believes that the best childhood memories are created outside, while jumping in rain puddles, roaming through the woods, digging in dirt, catching frogs and climbing trees. Now a US citizen who lives in rural Indiana with her husband and two young daughters, she blogs about restoring the connection between children and nature at rainorshinemamma.com and hopes to inspire other parents to get outside with their children every day, regardless of the weather. Her writings about conservation, organic farming, sustainable living, forest schools, the outdoors and children’s health have appeared in a wide range of newspapers and magazines in North America as well as Scandinavia. Though she makes a living glued to a screen the better part of the day, it is when she goes for a walk in the woods that she feels truly alive.
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