Saturday, June 21, 2008
Tired of making excuses for your children's behavior? Raise them as pirates and you won't have to.
Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall's Guide to Pirate Parenting: Why you should raise your kids as pirates and 101 tips on how to do it is the latest from funny man Tim Bete. Bete's award-winning parenting humor column has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and more than a dozen parenting magazines.
I had high hopes for this book when I decided to review it and the illustrations alone make the book worth buying. My daughters got a huge kick out of them.
Bete talks of meeting Cap'n Billy and how that turned into this Guide to Pirate Parenting.
With tips and answers to many of the questions you'll have if you want to raise your children as pirates, this book will leave you wondering why you didn't think of this before. Amusing and entertaining, this clever guide will even help you convert your minivan into a pirate schooner. (Come on Dads, you know you want to.)
Cap'n Billy even provides you with the top ten reasons to raise your children as pirates. My favorite:
"When other parents hear you're raising your children as pirates, they'll stop asking you to volunteer at school."
Here are a few other chuckle moments from the book:
* Page 41: "Do you have any recipes for cute pirate birthday cakes with little ships on top?
No, you have this book confused with Martha Stewart Parenting."
* To prevent your children from being teased about carrying a blanket: "Tell your child to sleep with a sword underneath the blanket. Those who tease him will tease him only once." (Page 56)
* Page 109: "My teen pirate doesn't listen to me. What can I do?
...Before you speak to your pirate, make sure he is looking you in the eye. Then hit your pirate in the head with an oar. This won't help your pirate hear, but it will make you feel a lot better."
This book might not provide any practical parenting advice, but it certainly provides laughs and lighthearted ways to look at the difficult chore of parenting.
Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall's Guide to Pirate Parenting: Why you should raise your kids as pirates and 101 tips on how to do it is a clever and funny book that makes a great gift for any parent or parent-to-be.
Title: Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall's Guide to Pirate Parenting: Why you should raise your kids as pirates and 101 tips on how to do it
Author: Tim Bete
Publisher: Cold Tree Press
U.S. Price: $10.95
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