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Happy boat kids, happy boat

Cruising is great for families! Cruising grows healthy kids! Cruising kids are exceptionally well socialized! Cruising can provide kids a broad world view! These are true, but oversimplifications. For all the great benefits to be derived from this lifestyle, it won’t work for a family if the kids aren’t happy, and you can’t take happy […]

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Cruiser’s bookshelf: what are you reading?

Lingering in Washington DC, we’re enjoying gorgeous days making the most of the US capital…and tucking ourselves in below on the chilly nights (40s! 30s even! rumored 20s in the next few nights- YIKES) with some solid reading to keep company. This little channel off the Potomac still hosts dinghies practicing (that’s our view from […]

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How cruising wrecks lives

It’s become profoundly clear that we’ll never be normal again. Is it unsettling? A little. We were a poster family for Normal, and utterly happy. Sitting in Totem’s cockpit from our mooring in the Mystic River, looking towards Noank in the fading light, that normal life—and the security that came with it—is lost to us. […]

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The problem with cruising kids and socialization

“But what about socialization?” People unfamiliar but curious about cruising lifestyle often ask this about our children. We’ve done a few presentations about our travels during our first month back in the USA, and can almost guarantee the question of our kids’ socialization will come up in the Q&A afterwards. Tucked into comfortable chairs on […]

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After years as nomads, returning to the USA

Dun colored cliffs on the back side of Block Island emerged from a hazy marine layer: our first sight of land as we approached New England. With each mile, landmarks and islets and buoys along the way tickled old memories of these waters where Jamie grew up racing, and where we met. Names remembered, but […]

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Mermaids are real: getting the kids swimming

Sitting around a worn wooden table in the open side of a thatch-roofed hut, looking out over the sparkling water of a lagoon in PNG’s Hermit Islands, we listened to tales of mermaids. Like the school teacher in the Louisiades, the subsistence fishermen we met here believed fervently in the (red-skinned, black-haired) sirens that hid […]

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Boatschooling, Part 3: Things I wish I’d known

school We get more questions about homeschooling than almost anything else. To try and offer meatier background on our approach I’ve split out a few blog posts on the subject: first, offered thoughts on finding a boatschool path; second, what we actually DO on Totem; and here, things I wish I’d been able to internalize […]

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Boatschooling, Part 2: learning on Totem

How to boatschool is one of the questions we’re asked most frequently. To try and offer a meatier reply, I’m breaking this out into multiple posts: thoughts on how to get started, how learning looks on Totem, and things I wish I’d known before. The first post offered thoughts on finding a path: Part 2 […]

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Boatschooling: interviewed by The Sociable Homeschooler

Vivienne, of The Sociable Homeschooler “…Your children, and a willing heart”: the most important things you need to homeschool, according to Vivienne McNeny of The Sociable Homeschooler blog and radio program. I think no matter what path your choose for learning as a family, this is a beautiful fundamental to keep in mind. It’s not intended to […]

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Boatschooling, Part 1: finding a path

“Are you homeschooling your children?” It surprises me how often we are asked this question, given that we have been away from home for five years with kids who are smack in the elementary/middle school window of learning. The snark in me is tempted to say “no, we’re not,” and watch the reaction. Partly because, […]

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