I don't mind being singled out. After all, "Everyone has value even if only to serve as a bad example"
We don't have any kids, and aren't likely to given our age, but I think you're onto something there Valiente. During the time I lived in Hawaii, 30 years, I got to know a few adults who had been raised by cruising parents and several children who were in the process of growing into fine adults. Without exception they were far better adjusted and had a better handle on reality than their contemporaries who had been raised according to the conventional wisdom.
Maybe it's a generational thing. During my formative years North America was a very different place. The Dodgers were still in Brooklyn
But small town, rural America is still a pretty good place to raise a family in my opinion.
My philosophy can be boiled down to this:
Quality of life is inversly proportional to population density.
Cruising in a small boat is one way of managing that truth and the more self sufficient, self reliant we can be, the better. In my opinion.
Perhaps it is time for a new thread on self reliance and minimalist cruising.