I was given permission to use a lovely story Ian Johnstone sent to the Flying Fish, the ocean Cruising Clubs year book (well, twice a year book actually), I think he shows a well balanced view of cruising with children and the reasons he and his wife love it. You can see it under our cruising tip section. Here's the URL - Why you should take Children Cruising | Lin & Larry Pardey: Newsletters & Cruising Tips
We have always tried to encourage folks to take their children sailing. Even had the fun of teaching several cruising children to sail in our dinghies, Cheeky and Rinky Dink. When I meet them as adults, they always talk of the freedom and fun they had in those small tenders.