I could write a book on how a cruising life has positively affected my families life! We took a seabbatical mid career because the business my wife and I had consumed our family
time far too long. While in our early 40's we thought- why not cruise while we have money time and health
on our side. Over 20 yrs ago we sold most of our possessions and home schooled our 10 and 12 yr olds while living on board In the Caribbean
. While cruising the kids learned more about life in 6 short months (we intended it to be much longer but I'll get to that) than any other period in their lives before or since. They learned about culture, nature, marine
life, meeting new people, loneliness, adventure, simplicity in life without materialistic values and accumulation , and much more. The history
of how we treated black slaves, how the wars affected the islands are just 2 examples of what our kids and us learned. You can imagine the trauma in our lives when this experience came to an abrupt end due to life threatening health
crises in two family
members back home that needed our support(my wife had an extensive medical
background prior to working in our business) and it was only right to shut down the dream to lend a hand at home.
So as hard as it is to prepare to begin a cruising life and as difficult as it is to "abandon " your dreams, the positive memories and experiences will last a lifetime in spite of it and because of it. I thank God regularly for the relationship that our family has with each other as a result of the opportunity we had. One child became a Wildlife conservationist and the other a missionary in Africa
as a result of the life changing experience living on board in a foreign country. All this to say, sir, you will be amazed at what a gift you've given yourself and your family as a result of your experience. Our kids were always respectful, obedient and loving through their developing years and I attribute that in large part to our Cruising life Not all our friends had it so easy in those trying years of parenting). Oh by the way my wife and I could not have grown together and weathered life's storms in marriage as well as we have without this experience! Take another seabbatical when the time is right!!