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Van Dwelling/Children

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Van Dwelling can be difficult for those with children. Every child is different, and some will appreciate the variety of scenery and lifestyle, while others will yearn for stable living with friends and family in close proximity. If you are a parent, it is your responsibility to make the best choice for your child.

Challenges to raising a child while van dwelling[edit | edit source]

Risks acceptable for an adult may not be acceptable while a child is in tow. Furthermore general healthcare, dental access, etc may be more difficult without the same family doctor who is knowledgeable of their history presiding.
Inconsistent childcare availability may preclude vanlife with a child.
When you move, their friends won't come with them. Furthermore some family may be hard to reach while on the road if you previously lived near them.
Educational variation
Quality of schools can vary on the road. Homeschooling may be an option, but if all caregivers are away frequently, education will suffer.

Benefits[edit | edit source]

Broaden worldview
The child will see a larger and more diverse section of the world then if they grow up in one place.
Life skills
Being constantly on the move necessitates acquiring a variety of skills to make daily life easier. Skills such as navigation, repair, and others may be picked up while on the move.
The flip side to socialization being a downside is that van dwelling does present an opportunity for your child to meet far away family members, should you make it a point to go visit them.

Alternatives to full van life[edit | edit source]

You may consider shorter excursions as a vacation instead of a lifestyle. This allows you to get some the benefits of van life, and see if the child would like it. Remember that a child that likes a short term on the road may not appreciate a permanent transition to van dwelling.