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Granted, home schooling children, especially those living aboard a cruising sailboat are going to miss out on certain facets of school and the socialization that comes with it. However, if you are travelling between different cultures, and socializing with people of different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, the experience will probably make up for it quite a bit, if not exceed what they are otherwise missing.
I think the independence and self-reliance that a cruising sailboat can give a child is a excellent foundation for the rest of their life. They will probably not be as conventional or rigid a thinker as children raised more traditionally.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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