I wish them the best of luck. They should be left alone to get on with living the dream, in much the same way that the rest of us would like to do. Its just that they will have to deal with some unique problems along the way.
Considering the quality of life of the children if their parents remained stuck on the mortgage treadmill their new life looks a vast improvement. Normally able kids see little of the breadwinners of their families... this way it will be a 24/7 relationship.
Best of luck to parents and kids, all four will grow through their experiences to come.
This is an odd story, which has cropped up here before. I'm not sure whether they are totally bona fide, or publicists (they are quite high profile, with at least one book already about their 'plight' plus a recent major lost law suit).
I expect the Social Services are preparing a case to take the kids into care because the parents are infit to have them if they dare to be so foohardy. Don't get me started on that one!!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif
If I'm right, I just hope they get away in time and the *^$$£&*^ of a social worker falls off the end of the pier as (s)he tries to stop them. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
Rather than give up and moan they have chosen to
GO FOR IT If they turn it into a book it will be good reading
and they will have certainly earnt in my view
[/ QUOTE ]If you and everyone else are right then I absolutely agree with you. What I hope doesn't happen is that they run the yacht down to Spain (or somewhere with even weaker child protection) where it gets left with the kids and a minder or two aboard while they get back to London to continue to pursue their law-suits, book-writing, exclusive art gallery.
Dunno why I'm being cynical here, but there is something about this story that doesn't quite add up.
My heart says good for you, go for it.
My head says hold on! Let’s think this through.
This is not a weekend in the Solent, they are bound to get caught out in rough weather and when they do these poor kids are not going to understand what the hell is happening to them. They will end up wet, cold and frightened and that is unacceptable.
Maybe this couple have had their five minutes of fame, and are now going for the big one. However they should remember that the sea makes no allowances for the disabled but treats us all equally – with utter contempt.
One of the parents is quoted as saying there are 700,000 disabled children in the UK /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
That equates to 3.5% assuming 20 million children in this country. I hope someone is being creative with the figures and the total includes all those kiddies who are given a dose Ritalin to help them concentrate in class.
I admire their guts, but it wouldn't be me. One thing, (among many), that's just come into my head. If they get into a life threatening situation where their liferaft needs to be deployed, how are they going to get the children into it safely. Just a thought.
Given a choice between being pushed around the dull, grey pavements of London for the rest of their lives versus the sights and sounds and experiences of blue-water cruising I'd punt you'd get a quick answer if you asked the boys directly. Sure the risks are higher but looking at the current quality of their lives you'd have to ask what they have to lose?