Originally Posted by denniswbaber
one being, the lack of social interaction with other children and the developmental aspects that ensue. Has anyone had first hand experience with this issue? Either as a parent or a child raised to adult hood on a boat? I personally, think itíll be one of the most memorable, and stimulating experience our children could live!!! Thanks for the input!!!
The Dashew's authors of several cruising encyclopedias had 2 daughters. The younger one loved cruising and elder felt it caused her problems later with being able to socialize. You could google
them for more on that.
I think it depends on the child.
Every child is unique and you just have to adjust for its individual needs. We cruised when I was younger & I loved it. So did my younger brother.
My only issue was I found it difficult to get back into school
- year one, age 6 - when we returned because I was so far ahead. Everything was easy & I got bored. Correspondence was great but very different to being in a class of 30.
It took about 4 years for me to feel challenged by my school
work. By then I was used to being lazy and it took a while to get used to learning
again. I turned out fine though. Went to a selective High, completed a Bachelor's at Uni & now I'm sailing.
Any negative social impact from raising kids at sea is minimal. Have more than 1 child (built in friend, especially when close in age) & actively seek boats or locals ashore with other children. Children are great icebreakers & youíll make friends (as will they) far and wide.