We are living aboard our 56ft custom Bruce Roberts with our 2 kids ages 5&6, we have lived full time on the boat at anchor for the past 3 years. Our kids have become experts at swinging like monkeys, climbing the rigging and keeping a sharp look out for pending playdates with other boat kids.
Since kids growing up on boats become more self sufficent at earlier ages than their peers, I have encouraged them to take on more chores like keeping their cabins clean, and putting their washing away. We like to give the motto " On the boat There's a place for everything and everything has a place" Well I tell you not in their cabins. I understand that kids have to have freedom of expression and we do live on a boat so quarters are smaller, but jeez barbie up the butt doesn't cut it.
My question is too any parents out there cruising or not do I hang my hat and close my eyes or is there a secret to children and cleaness onboard (without throwing them over the side)
Please be advised no children were made to walk the plank in the writing of this discussion post. They were asleep while Mummy and Daddy navigated SV Tranquility into the anchorage for them to wake up in a new playground of Key West.