Ep. 58: The Great Outdoors and Teens

Ep. 58: The Great Outdoors and Teens

Update: 2019-11-10


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It’s a beautiful day: the sun is shining, the temperature is just right, and it seems like the whole neighborhood is soaking it all up. Except your teen. Instead, your teen is stuck on the coach, face glued to their smart phone...again! You’re pretty sure if you tried to ask them something they wouldn’t even respond! Do they even know how to entertain themselves without their phones anymore? Without any screen? Could they come up with
Linda McGurk, author of There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient and Confident Kids, argues that now more than ever kids need to be spending time outside. Whether it’s structured activities, a game, or “friluftsliv,” the first step is to just get kids out there. And if it’s cold or rainy, Linda reminds us that there’s no such thing as bad weather - only bad clothes! 
Linda is big on what researchers have termed “risky play.” Risky play allows for kids of all ages a chance to play unsupervised and learn through experience how to negotiate and solve problems. How does this work for teens? Have a listen!

In addition to learning how to get your teen off the couch and outside, Linda and I cover:

  • The health benefits of being outside 

  • How to implement a “screen free Sunday”

  • Why “getting ahead” in school might actually lead to poorer learning

  • The power of a Facebook parenting group

  • And more! 

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Ep. 58: The Great Outdoors and Teens

Ep. 58: The Great Outdoors and Teens