Originally Posted by familysailing
Jon ... we are taking some time with the kids, 16, 12, & 9. There are very few kids so far... What part of your blogs should the kids read?
Let me join Gord in welcoming you & your family to the cruising life (& CF)!
Time is what it really takes. Our kids, at 12 & 15, took at least a year to fully engage the cruising lifestyle. After all, pulling teens away from their friends is arguably child abuse.
We included them in boat equipment
decisions, so they felt some ownership
in the whole process. We got a boat big enough for them to have their own cabins, so they could get some privacy (which teens need
). We got a boat with a guest cabin
& encouraged their friends to visit (most needed their parents). We tried to sail with other kid-boats, & the kids knew & appreciated that. When the kids are happy, the whole boat's happy.
The website isn't just a blog, of course, which is why it takes us so long to write it. Not sure there's any part that's more inspiring for the kids, but their sections are written by them
, without us editing, so it's all from their perspective (although we requested some stuff - Chris's whole Energy Budget
was a school project
that we assigned). Chris tended to focus on what he didn't
have (mostly high-speed internet). He would have loved
3G back then! But he does write about the Cruising Life
from his perspective. Amanda's Journal
section was only started recently, but has some of her opinions & feelings. Hope this helps!