How do newborns benefit from growing up on a sailboat?
Here's an interesting article that answers this question:
Maybe there are some, but I am unaware of any studies that examine the effects of sailboat living on children's well being. But if research and surveys have been conducted, I am certain they would reveal these boat kids often possess impressive human qualities.
Given all their exposure to nature's classroom and sailboat cruising, these kids' would experience incredible educational opportunities. My bet would be the surveys would indicate most boat kids as mature, well-adjusted, independent, free-thinking, curious, self-sufficient, confident, competent, easy-going, peaceful, comfortable, fearless, environmentally aware, family-oriented, worldly, well-educated, socially-adept and well-adjusted children.
Because as a 5-year old I learned to swim and sail, I developed a sixth sense about water and sailing. My comfort level and understanding helped me enormously, but I often wished I had grown up and had been raised on a boat. Over the years I have met many impressive kids whose life experiences have provided them with invaluable educations.
The video below depicts a mere microcosm of the lifestyle of a family of five liveaboards and also demonstrates how the media distorts, frames and packages a story for their own sensationalism. It gives a fairly balanced view, but what bothers me is how the land perspective is used to compare boat living with land living.
I had to chuckle at one example when the woman reporter notices closet doors as childproof because they have latches on them. This seems especially funny when the locker door overhead is far out of the reach of toddlers. The idea that the latch is not for the kids but for the motion of the boat at sea elludes the reporter. Usually nothing on a boat has only one use compared to land homes.
The idea that land people question sea living life style, safety and parental responsibility just shows their ignorance.
SV FLUENTA with kids
Kids tethered to a catamaran's foredeck
S/V Kandarik Kids
Sailing Family Anecdotes, Advice and Answers
- Baby on Board ~ Windtraveler
- Interview with Kandarik Kids' Mom
- Baby On Board ~ Is it possible to sail with a toddle, have fun and stay sane?
- Sailing with a Toddler and a Dog
- Debunking the Baby Myth ~ The real deal about sailing with kids
- Twinsanity ~ Windtraveler
- Sailing Family Defends Choice to Raise Children at Sea
At right I'm 3, brother Bill 2 as crew and our mother, Alice, steers Dormouse, a Penguin. - More about Alice in Wonderland