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Sailing with a 4-year old? Yes, my daughter has come on most trips since she was born.
Can you think of anything (lets stay on-thread) more fun than taking a 4-year-old to small beaches? That is the main thing with kids; they enjoy the exploring more than the the hours of sailing.
Single handing with a small child? Depends on the child to some extent, but I did it many times. As stated above, tethers are a must. Set the example by wearing one too and it's no problem; the child will see it as part of being a "big" sailor.
Like adults, children are all different. Keep it light and keep it safe.
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