I am often told by parents, "I wish I could travel, but I have kids now." For those who place travel as a priority in their lives, and want the long-term benefits of a world trip for their family; or you haven't been on the road for a few years and the travel itch has bitten hard, and you don't have anyone willing to watch your children, this section is dedicated to proving it is not a sacrifice to make it happen.
If your finances allow for only one trip, you may want to "maximize the benefits" by waiting until they are: mature enough to handle themselves; interested in going; able to understand and appreciate what they are seeing; and can remember the event and use it as inspiration in their lives and in their studies. My suggestion is to take them after they are 12-years old. If they are still very young, this gives you time to make short trips over the years, and prepare them better.
Lonely Planet Forum: Travel with Children
My Family Travels
Travel with Your Kids
"One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children" by David Cohen
"12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time: A Family Tale" by Mark Jacobson (2003)
Aiken/Widom Family Year Off 2007-08
The Seven Year Hitch: A Family Odyssey by David R. Grant
Hughes Family Big Trip 2000-01
Lee Family Trip Around the World 2001-02
Leigh Family Big Trip 2005
Mason-Slaughter Family WorldHop Journal 1997-98
"Family Travel: The Complete Guide (The Lanier Guide)" by Pamela Lanier
"Adventuring with Children: An Inspirational Guide to World Travel & the Outdoors " by Nan Jeffrey. Menasha Ridge Press (800)247-9437
"The Family Travel Guide" by Carole Terwilliger Meyers. Carousel Press
"Travel with Children" by Maureen Wheeler. Lonely Planet Publications.
"Travelling with Children and Enjoying It" by A.B. Butler. Globe Pequot Press.
"Trouble-Free Travel with Children: Helpful Hints for parents on the Go" by Vicki Lansky. The Book Peddlers.
"50 Simple Things You Can Do to Raise a Child Who Loves History and Geography" by Anne Stribling. Macmillan Press