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post #53 of Old 11-29-2011
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We take our now 7/9 yrs girls every summer on a multi-week trip and they always enjoy it a lot. An important thing to remember is that everyone needs a couple of days at the start to settle in, which we now know is normal. It takes about 3 days to get from the hectic rhythm of land life into the routine on the boat. We also involve our kids in boat handling routines, whenever possible. They take the dinghy and bring out the stern line, they have to steer for 5-10 min a few times a day when the opportunity arises, they help to hoist the sails, etc. We have them involved with all aspects of boat handling. And yes, there are also those times when they play in the cabin, or read or whatever, which after the first 3 days never seems to be a problem. I can only encourage taking kids along. For us it a very enjoyable family experience.
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