Originally Posted by Berke
.......... I just wonder how to burst their energy on boat while sailing and keep them & boat safe............
We raised our two children
aboard and cruised with them from their infancy to adulthood. For safety
we developed a number of rules,- life jackets required outside to cockpit
in the most mild weather
until they were excellent swimmers; taboo areas around dangerous running rigging
; and always a recognition between my wife and I as to who was overseeing which child or both. Actually, we found that we would often trade
days as to who was captaining the vessel and who was the responsible parent, but we kept everything flexible and negotiable. For activities, our children
did take on some of the tasks,- at the helm
, making snack trays, etc. Our daughter could entertain herself in her cabin
for hours and our son spent more time on deck
. I always thought it was ironic that he enjoyed trailing a toy boat on a string form our taff rail. They also presented us with plays and enjoyed role playing games. Frequent swimming and kayaking were on our list. We even found that we could have our children enjoy being pulled on lines behind our boat on slow drifting days or swing from a bosun's chair clipped to the genoa
clew on some swifter, yet easy, days; however, these activities were more at eight and older ages. For your younger children hammock and chair swings could be used. With our children at the age of yours, we also arranged treasure hunts on deck
and below by hiding a series of clues, each leading to the next hidden location, and ending with a simple treasure or treat. We were even successful hiding Easter eggs on the deck at that day. Our daily high energy activities of simply provisioning
ashore, bicycling, hiking and exploring beaches often were enough to wear out our children and keep us fit.