Sailing with small children
We have sailed for years on our little 22 ft Venture and now recently moved up to a larger boat. The kids have been pretty much raised spending weekends on the boat.
For entertainment when things are getting windy and hectic...I have always brought coloring books, dolls, etc. (now that they''re older they bring game boys)
But, if the weather is nice, put a life jacket on them, have life lines..and give them a sponge and a bucket full of water! We let our kids clean the cabin top and I have gone up to the bow with them so they could clean up there. They always feel like they are getting away with something, they''re entertained and I get the spider poop off the decks!
My husband is awesome with the kids, but I agree sometimes the mommy just has to step in.