The picture above is from George Town, Bahamas, 2019. Not everywhere you go is going to be like this, but it’s so fun when it is!!
There are pluses and minuses to all age levels. Teen parents look at infant parents and wonder how on Earth they are coping. Infant parents look at teen parents and wonder the same.
Once you get out there, you’ll find that there are many
Baby and Toddler stages are magical on all levels but it’s hard on the parents no matter a house or boat. There’s little sleep (great practice for watches), running around after the little tykes, tripping over everything, exploring what is obvious. There’s so much growth, though. At this stage the kid really has the opportunity to become a true boat kid, having known no different. Weather, water, and boats are just who they are.
The Middle-agers are the easy stage, yes. They slightly more independent, they still like their parents, they’re up for lots of adventure with their eyes wide open. They need
Teenagers value independence. They are socially and emotionally intense. They’re becoming adults. They need opportunities to find out who they are, what they value, how the world works around them. They are people with opinions that matter. It can be hard talking them into the boat life (imagine that?!?), especially coming from land-life. They don’t know any different.
Take a listen!
Sailing Totem (Behan and Jamie Gifford): Raised and are raising 3 (now 2) teens aboard. They have been
A Life Afloat (Josie and Christian Lauducci): They have three kids aboard, with one daughter being 16. They have been
MV Noeta is currently carrying 2 teens with them.
Sailing Zatara has
These are just a few, there are many others!!