Kids do best onboard when they have an active part with the chores. Break them down (the chores) and rotate them amongst the kids. Whether its doing the dishes, swabbing the sole, or hosing the bird crap off the deck
get them working as a crew (landlubbers call it teamwork). They'll end up taking pride in with menial tasks and then you can work them into boat operations like stowing lines and rode
, checking the oil
and using the DSC radio
One thing I found out that really made a difference for us was keeping a little bit of "land life" aboard. We have a dog, (not so unusual) and I installed a decent satellite
TV system for each berth. I'm not talking about a self-tracking system, but a satellite
dish that we point in the right direction while we're in port. It works great (everyone can watch what they want or we can watch together) and keeps us all connected to the other part of the world.
For home schooling while cruising, a good internet
connection is required, so an upgraded satellite system may be in order. While living on a boat is reminiscent of earlier times, we live in the 21st century and I believe that allowing your family (children) to be part of it is as important to their education as the one they'll get living on the water
. Combining the two in the right balance will allow them to grow up as masters of their own destiny.