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Living out of a motorcoach good for the kids, and maybe the whole family or not?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26798points) March 24th, 2011

If parents decide to pack the family in a motorcoach and live out of that while traveling America would that be a good or bad experience for the children overall or would it come down to the ages of the children? Aside of the obvious hard to make and keep friends thing and the lack of space and privacy what are some of the other cons you can think of as well as the pros? Do you see more cons than pros or the other way around?

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BarnacleBill's avatar

They would have the experience of travelling around the country, closer bonding with their parents, and become more independent and self-reliant by having to learn to enterain themselves.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

If I had to live that way as a child,my sister and I would have torn each other’s hair out.Too much togetherness,you know??
I don’t see pros or cons,just bald spots XD

john65pennington's avatar

I first thought a good comparison, for your question, would be children with a mother or father in the military(army brat). But, there is no comparison because of the motorcoach’s wheels, which make it much more mobile, than a military house.

I have talked to many children, who are army brats. Some love it, some hate it. They can never make permanent friends, as I have been told.

In a motorcoach, how would the children receive an education? Would home schooling take place, if you constantly move from state to state?

If I were a child, I would love that type of traveling situation. I am a Sag. and that is right down my alley.

Overall, I believe you would not be teaching a child the core values of a stable lifestyle.

hug_of_war's avatar

It depends on the children truthfully. I would hate it. I’m an introvert, I need my own space. I need time to decompress. I would also hate being cooped up like that. And for me, traveling is fun but I like having somewhere familiar to retire to, a home (and not just the “house” but all the surrounding areas that I know).

Also my mom had to help me a lot with my homework in elementary school, and I can’t imagine the horrors of her homeschooling me. Those were terribly frustratin years for both of us. Not all parents and kids ae suited for that.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

My family and I did this for three years when I was about 5–8yrs old. We had a renovated ice cream truck about the size of modern UPS brown truck, a little smaller maybe.

Pros
Lots of sight seeing, learning about nature (eats & avoids), becoming comfortable with minimalism, exposure to different social dynamics (townies versus rural people and comparing northerners & southerners, west coaster & east coasters with mid westerners. Lots of hands on learning and physical activity.

Cons
Little kids miss out on developing social skills in line with their own age groups unless they’re with siblings or other families. There can be stigma towards travelers as being more homeless than adventurers which little kids don’t understand. Finding a comfortable grade placement when returning to a school is stressful- I think I was the only 8yr old in kindergarten.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Neizvestnaya Thank you for your well thought out answer see we can dance sometimes. :-)

While on the road your parents did not school you? Sometimes those who are homeschooled learn more because they don’t have the rest of the class holding them back.

For you were the memories you recall more good or more bad?

Neizvestnaya's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central: Yes, I was homeschooled and was eventually placed two grades beyond my age group but it took the intervention of private school and a bunch of aptitude testing. For me, it was uncomfortable because I wanted to be like other kids who went to school together, played together and slept in regular beds.

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