News & reviews
May 13, 2009
Deseret News
"Would make a nice gift for the pirate-lover in your life." Read more.

May 12, 2009
Musings of a Multitasking Mama
"This book is hilarious." Read more.

May 11, 2009
Sacremento Bee, The News & Observer,
Bradenton Herald, Idaho Statesman, Kansas Eagle
"Would make a nice gift for the pirate-lover in your life." Read more.

Blog Talk Radio
Tim interviewed on Mom RN program. Listen.

May 6, 2009
Because babies Grow Up
"Guide to Pirate Parenting is a quick and witty read. I read it in various public places and got many curious stares as I read it and occasionally laughed out loud." Read more.

April 30, 2009
I Hate My Message Board
"My 13 and 6 year olds thought it was a scream and the best idea they’d ever heard...Pirate Parenting would make an excellent gift for Father’s day or for a new dad." Read more.

Active Rain
Captain Billy is "Twitter Friend of the Week." Read more.

April 27, 2009
The Colorado Springs Gazette
"Funny and would make a nice gift for the pirate-lover in your life." Read more.

All Things 4 Baby & Mom
GUIDE TO PIRATE PARENTING is "an I-can-barely-put-it-down-because-I'm-laughing-too-hard type of book." Read more.

The Mom Maven
"The funniest parenting book I have read in a very long time! I laughed so hard I cried while reading this book." Read more.

April 23, 2009
Modern Single Momma
GUIDE TO PIRATE PARENTING is "the Baby-Whisperer, piss drunk on rum." Read more.

April 21, 2009
JanetteFuller.com
"Guide to Pirate Parenting by Tim Bete will have you rolling on the floor in laughter." Read more.

April 20, 2009
Mom on the random
"Had me laughing out loud...I love Tim Bete's witty and humorous approach to the diversity of parenting styles and his tongue in cheek attitude." Read more.

Library recommendation
Maureen Wittmann recommends that you ask your library to purchase GUIDE TO PIRATE PARENTING. Read more.

April 19, 2009
Journey of a Bookseller
"Are you tired of reading parenting books filled with psychological reasoning and the standard tricks of the trade? This is the book for you!" Read more.

April 15, 2009
HomemakerBarbi.com
"Dads will love this book (especially the part about turning the family minivan into a pirate ship).  Kids from preschoolers through tweens will roar with laughter if it’s read aloud." Read more.

March 26, 2009
Raising Arizona Kids
"Parenting is serious business but Tim Bete manages to relieve the tension with 124 pages of nonsensical advice. There are 101 practical tips on raising the perfect child if you intend for your offsrping to wield a cutlass, wear an eye patch and plunder ships on the high seas. Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall’s, Guide to Pirate Parenting (Cold Tree Press, 2009) is silly, but as a gift to new parents, it's perfect. Even veteran parents will chuckle as it lampoons all cherished notions of parenting. As proof that Tim Bete is a goofball, there's a chapter on converting a minivan to a pirate schooner." Visit their Web site.

Book Dads
"Guide to Pirate Parenting will put a smile on any dad’s face. Follow its advice and you and your little pirates can soon begin terrorizing the Seven Seas, or at least your local Seven-Eleven. Aaargh!" Read more.

March 25, 2009
Salt Lake City Parenting Examiner
"Give Guide to Pirate Parenting by Tim Bete a try and you'll be laughing your little wooden legs off." Read more.

March 23, 2009
Cool Baby Kid
"Guide to Pirate Parenting is one of the funniest readings I've come across and hands down the best parenting guide anywhere for dads." Read more.

Lighthouse News
"I highly recommend getting this Amazon best seller. It will keep you in stitches." Read more.

OrlandoSentinel.com
"Because me book is a parody of parenting advice books, even non-parents will find it hysterically funny. But if a couple is worried about not having kids, I'd be glad to supply me first mate at no additional charge. He's the perfect child substitute because he doesn't obey, belches a lot and whines whenever I make 'im swab the deck." Read more.

March 17, 2009
Words from the Aether
"Full of fun and tongue-in-cheek advice...This book would make a great baby shower gift." Read more.

March 16, 2009
Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife
"This is the perfect book for your inner pirate, and a great shower gift to get the new Dad involved."  Read more.

March 10, 2009
CoolDadCentral.com
"a very funny departure from the typical parenting book." Read more.

March 9, 2009
BabiesOnline.com
"People around me kept peering at the cover to see what book was making me laugh out loud." Read more.

March 4, 2009
Captain Black Eagle.com
Cap'n Billy is picked as "Man of the Week!" Read more.

Feb. 2, 2009
Adding Wisdom Award Winner
Guide to Pirate Parenting has won a 2009 Adding Wisdom Award in the Humor Book category. The Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Award™ honors products that entertain, teach and inspire. Every product is reviewed by a committee at Parenttoparent.com as well as reviewed by a family. Past winners have included the Magic Tree House series, Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine, PBSKidsTV and Disney.com. Jodie Lynn, nationally-syndicated parenting columnist and president of Parent-to-Parent says, "Guide to Pirate Parenting showcases Bete's warped, yet lovable, creativeness that makes this book a must-read for parents trying to escape the overwhelming trials of everyday life." Read more.

Dec. 28, 2008
Wilmington Parenting Examiner
If you've ever wanted to raise the next Captain Jack Sparrow, this is the website for you! Read more.

Dec. 23, 2008
ForeWord Magazine
"As Cap’n Billy said, a finalist in the humor category with his book Guide to Pirate Parenting: “I like to take gold…and silver…and rum…and anything else that isn't nailed down.” Read more.

Nov. 10, 2008
New Covey Awards
The Guide to Pirate Parenting book trailer won a REC TV Best Author Made Boook Video award. Read more.

Oct. 9, 2008
Daddy Brain
He’s a dad who’s fascinated with pirates, parenting and making people laugh. Read more.

Oct. 8, 2008
New Covey Book Trailer Awards
Guide to Pirate Parenting book trailer video nominated. Read more.

Sept. 19, 2008
WGVU Public Radio (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Interview with Shelley Irwin. Visit their site.

Sept. 17, 2008
Rosie's Renegade Humor Blog
Today, I wanted to let you in on a terrific book for parents and grandparents, who are looking to raise pirates, “GUIDE TO PIRATE PARENTING, Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall.” Read more.

Sept. 2, 2008
Vitazka’s Place
In honor of Mary-Morgan Flint I have started to read the awesome book: 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). Read more.

August 21, 2008
The Atlantis Journal
At last there's help for those of us who want to raise our children to be scurvy sea dogs. Includes: "Top 10 reasons to raise your children as pirates" and "Top 10 traits that show your new baby has great potential to be a pirate" amongst other great lists and tips. Read more.

August 18, 2008
Books for Moms
In his typical, hilarious style, author Tim Bete has created a masterpiece in his new parenting book Guide to Pirate Parenting. Read more.

August 9, 2008
Learning at Home
With Tim Bete’s book, we will certainly be sailing in uncharted homeschool territory. Read more.

August 5, 2008
Mahoney Ink
Tim Bete, author of Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall’s Guide to Pirate Parenting, has literally written the book on how to raise your Pirate, er, I mean child.
Read more.

July 28, 2008
Prima Crafty Mom
My son is pirate obsessed. This might help me understand the little guy. Read more.

July 27, 2008
Divine Caroline
Q: You have a co-author by the name of Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall, am I correct?
A: That correct. But I’ll deny it during the trial. Read more.

Chocolate for your Brain
Q: The crew nearly muntinied over last night's dinner of turkey burgers, boiled corn and raw carrots. Any tips on how to quell such an uprising?
A: Kids like to help prepare their own food. Next time, let the turkey go in the backyard and give each kid a dagger. Read more.

July 25, 2008
Mama Bear Reads
A perfect gift for the family who is having their second, third, or more child. Bete has you chuckling before page one even, and you just can't stop. Read more.

Home Biz Notes
Humor writer Tim Bete has been touring the blogosphere during July to promote his latest book, Guide to Pirate Parenting. Today Tim stops by Home Biz Notes with 10 Tips for Promoting/Marketing Your Book. Read more.

July 23, 2008
Airing My Dirty Laundry
For all those parents who have longed to raise their children as pirates but just didn't know how, humorist and parenting author Tim Bete and his scurvy sidekick, Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” McDougall, fill us in on their new book -- Guide to Pirate Parenting. Read more.

The Story Behind the Book
A few years back, while I was on vacation at my parents’ house at the shore, we were doing typical vacationy things. We went to the beach, got too much sun, ate seafood, and built a fully-functioning pirate ship in the garage. Read more.

July 22, 2008
Scrivenings
Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story.
TB: Mostly it was Cap’n Billy’s dagger. Read more.

July 20, 2008
The Writer's Life
Captain Billy ‘The Butcher’ MacDougall has been hiding from authorities for most of his life. He lives on his ship, The Frightened Flounder, but can sometimes be found at the Crow’s Nest Tavern. His hobbies include plundering and rum. Read more.

July 18, 2008
The Writer's Life
In Guide to Pirate Parenting, Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall provides everything you need to know to turn your little powder monkeys into happy, healthy buccaneers! Read more.

Paperback Writer
Each information-packed section ends with “Your pirate’s progress,” a short quiz that shows whether your child is reaching his or her pirate development milestones. Read more.

July 16, 2008
American Chronicle
Is your child showing signs of being a pirate, but you have no way of knowing for sure? Read more.

Bloggin' 'bout Books
Bete leaves the psychology to Dr. Spock, and focuses on what's really important - the proper training of the next generation of Jack (or Jill) Sparrows. Read more.

July 14, 2008
Families.com
I laughed out loud several times as I read this book. What a refreshing look at parenting and all the crazy things that go into it. I'm half-tempted to give up this traditional parenting thing and dive headfirst into raising my children to be pirates. Read more.

Film Hound
If you like parrots and pirates you might enjoy the tales of Captain Billy MacDougall from "The Guide to Pirate Parenting" by Tim Bete. Read more.

July 13, 2008
Bain Waves
I'm reading a new parenting book, written by a talented humorist with a lot
more fame than my ill-fated attempt garnered for me. Read more.

July 10, 2008
The Dark Phantom Review
Tim Bete and Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall are the authors of the hilarious parenting book, Guide to Pirate Parenting, which has been garnering some great reviews since its release in 2007. Read more.

July 9, 2008
Review Your Book
If a guy you know if expecting a baby, this is a great gift. If that guy that you know must sit through a baby shower, as is the trend now—definitely give him this book. It will keep him busy while women giggle over melted candy bars in baby diapers. Read more.

A Book Bloggers Diary
The book, which purports to be a faithful representation of a conversation  between the author and Captain Billy, a modern-day pirate who fancies himself a  parenting guru and Dr. Phil combined, gives advice upon advice as to how to  bring up your child as an up-and-coming Jack Sparrow aka pirate. Read more.

Blog Critics
It’s me dream that thousands of parents raise their little powder monkeys as pirates. Then I can put together a huge crew and plunder to me heart’s content. There’s nothing more exciting than sailing with Cap’n Billy, except maybe a merchant vessel full of gold. Read more.

July 8, 2008
Miss Cellania
If your kids are already rotten, it helps you explain their behavior. Say you’re in the grocery store and your children are destroying the produce section. All you need to say to the manager is, “Arrgh! Me kids have been at sea for months and are looking for oranges to prevent the scurvy.” The produce manager will be apologizing to you, matey. Read more.

A Book Bloggers Diary
If you're like most parents, you long to raise your children as pirates but  just don't know how. In "Guide to Pirate Parenting," Cap'n Billy "The Butcher"  MacDougall provides everything you need to know to turn your little powder  monkeys into happy, healthy buccaneers. Read more.

July 7, 2008
Book Marketing Buzz
Tim Bete and Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall are my special guests at Pump Up Your Book Promotion Social Network’s Author Day today! Read more.

Communati
Humor Writer Tim Bete and Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall to give away book today! Read more.

Virtual Book Tours
Tim Bete, author of the parenting humor book, Guide to Pirate Parenting, will be stopping off at Pump Up Your Book Promotion Social Network’s Author Day! Using tried-and-true pirate parenting techniques, Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall will help you turn your BORING disrespectful, disobedient child into an EXCITING, disrespectful, disobedient plunderer of the high seas or suburbs! Read more.

Blog Her
Tim Bete and Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall are my special guests at
Pump Up Your Book Promotion Social Network's Author Day today! Read more.

July 2, 2008
Mommy Reviewed
Reading this tongue-in-cheek narrative will bring tears to your eyes.... tears of laughter, that is! The check list is a must-read and will surely be cause of fresh mirth. It surely was in my household as I kept sharing choice sentences, funnily re-worded nursery rhymes, to my hubby who soon gave up any pretense of work as we smiled our way through this novel that reads more like a fiction than a non-fiction. More than parenting tips, this hilarious book provides tired, hassled parents with some much-needed and very welcome comic relief. Read more.

A Bookworm Reads
If you have a single serious parenting  book in your house, then its more than enough reason to have this book right  next to them. For the next time you feel like taking a break. Read more

Book Excerpts
Top 10 things overheard at the dinner table that show your child is quickly becoming a pirate... Read more.

Pirate Parenting Blog
I'm going on a virtual book tour, which is kind of like sailing without ever leaving the dock. The good news is there'll be no rationing of rum, so hide yer valuables. Read more.

July 1, 2008
How to Feng Shui Your…Pirate Ship
Ahoy, feng-shui-loving land-lubbers! Cap’n Billy the Butcher here with some great feng-shui tips to help you achieve perfect harmony so you can reach your goal to be the world’s most perfect plunderer! Read more.

Angie’s Humor Blog
“Book-a-neer” Bete and his piratical colleague, Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall, offer advice on turning your little powder monkeys into happy, healthy buccaneers. Read more.

Pump Up Your Book Promotion
I’m happy to announce new client, humor writer and author Tim Bete who will be touring with us in July! Tim, along with his sidekick, Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" McDougall, is the author of the new humor/parenting book, Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall's Guide to Pirate Parenting: W... Tips on How to Do It (Cold Tree Press, June '08), which will be on tour starting July 7 and will continue until the end of the month.  Read more.

The Writer's Life
Tim Bete (pronounced "beet") began his nautical adventures as a child sailing on Buzzards Bay off the coast of Massachusetts. Read more.

Communati
I’m happy to announce new client, humor writer and author Tim Bete who will be touring with us in July! Read more.

June 29, 2008
Kevin Gerard's Amazon Blog
Anyone with young children would benefit by reading the Guide to Pirate Parenting. Read more.

June 21, 2008
The Book Connection
A clever and funny book that makes a great gift for any parent or parent-to-be. Read more.

June 18, 2008
If Books Could Talk blog
How do you remove chewing gum or a giant octopus from your child’s hair? Read more.

ParentingHumor.com
Top 10 Signs That Your New Baby Is A Pirate. Read more.

June 15, 2008
Virtual Book Tours for Authors
Join Tim Bete with Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall , author of the humor/parenting book, 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 (Cold Tree Press, June '08), as they virtually tour the blogosphere in July on their first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion! Read more.

June 12, 2008
Book Blog
If you know a father-to-be with a slightly corny sense of humor, this might be just the book to get him as a gift. Read more.

June 9, 2008
AuthorViews
Tim Bete press-ganged a crew, hoisted the jolly roger and set out to make a pirate video for his pirate book. Many bottles of rum and nautical miles later provided us with a cryptic map. Read more.

Beyond Her Book from Publisher's Weekly
I never thought I'd raised pirates, but looking back, it may explain a lot. Read more.

Christian Humor Writers
Is your child a pirate?  Take the video quiz now. it might explain why your wallet is always empty. Read more.

Beagle Bay Books
Hysterical parenting advice for those who are very tired of "proper" behavior. Read more.

June 8
Pirates and Privateers
Guide to Pirate Parenting was a finalist in Foreword Magazine's Humor Book of the Year Awards. Congrats to Tim Bete and Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall! In addition to reading my review of this book, you now visit links to two videos: Is your child a pirate? Quiz and Why you should raise your kids as pirates. Read more.

June 7, 2008
Keep to the Code
Author Tim Bete, a KeepToTheCode.com featured author for his book Guide To Pirate Parenting tells us he's added two new videos to his web site. Click here to visit and order your copy of the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year finalist, or click here to revisit KeepToTheCode.com's feature on Tim and the Guide. Or, heck, do both. Read more.

June 5, 2009
Mad Mariner Daily Boating Magazine
The Dave Barry-esque style will keep you laughing throughout. Read more.

Gaming with Baby
Guide to Pirate Parenting certainly fills the much needed gap in parenting books that exists thanks to the lack of tomes related to the raising of a buccaneer. Read more.

June 2, 2008
Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine
Great Top 10 lists. Read more.

Bish's Beat
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to be a pirate, and he’ll steal other people’s fish for a lifetime. Read more.

HumorWriters.org
One of the greatest benefits of a book trailer is that it's an ad for your book people can watch before ever getting to your Web site. Read more.

May 22, 2008
Christian Humor Writers
Pirate Parenting -- the movie! Read more.

May 21, 2008
Accidental Comic
if you're thinking of a water birth for your next baby, put down What to Expect When You're Expecting and pick up a copy of Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall's Guide to Pirate Parenting. You may need it. Read more.

March 2008
Foreword magazine
Guide to Pirate Parenting is a finalist in Foreword magazine's Book of the Year Awards.

Dec. 2007
Pirates Magazine
"A fine comic offering from a man who jus' might have tried out all the advice wid his own personal crew." Visit their site.

Oct. 19, 2007
Panther Bay Pirate Blog
If you’re looking for a light hearted, off beat, funny perspective on pirates and pirating, it’s hard to find a book more engaging than Tim Bete's Guide to Pirate Parenting! It’s the perfect gift book for those that take pirating too seriously as well as those readers (parents and non-parents) that just have a good sense of humor. Read more.

Sept. 20, 2007
Blogger News Network
The amusing, tongue-in-cheek nature of the holiday is in keeping with MacDougall’s style. His humorous book for parents, The Butcher MacDougall’s Guide to Pirate Parenting: Why you should raise your kids as pirates and 101 tips on how to do it, offers parents such helpful advice as “how to remove chewing gum or a giant octopus from your child’s hair.” Read more.

Sept. 17, 2007
Single Income Parenting.com
With this book and an observance of talk like a pirate day, you too can be proud of your little pirates. Read more.

Sept. 16, 2007
The Wakefield Observer
But Cap’n Billy offers as a reference Tim Bete, his co-author on the “Guide to Pirate Parenting” and seemingly the only one who’s ever seen him in person. “Cap’n Billy’s credentials are impeccable,” claims Bete. “He’d be president of the National Pirate Association, if there was such a thing.” Read more.

WickedCool.com
According to Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall, who came up with “Walk Like a Pirate Day” during a process that I’m betting involved a fair amount of rum, “walking the pirate walk means acting like a pirate in every way.”  Read more.

Sept. 15, 2007
The UK Telegraph
PirateParenting.com picked as one of "Top-10 Pirate Links." Read more.

Summer 2007
The Pyrates Way magazine
"The incredible guide that Tim Bete put together is the funniest pyratical book I've ever had the pleasure to read." Visit their site.

Sept. 13, 2007
Daily South Town
"Walking like a pirate doesn't have to involve chafing," responds Cap'n Billy in an exclusive e-mail interview. (Yes, pirates have e-mail now.) "Chafing usually occurs when yer pants are wet, so don't be stealing me rum, and I won't make ye walk the plank! Or ye could not wear any pants at all. Me quartermaster hasn't worn any in six years, and he's no worse for wear."Read more.

Sept. 11, 2007
North Shore Sunday
According to Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall, who came up with “Walk Like a Pirate Day” during a process that I’m betting involved a fair amount of rum, “walking the pirate walk means acting like a pirate in every way.” This would explain why Cap’n Billy has no teeth, is poor as the scurvy son of a bilge rat and, by the time you read this, may have been prematurely eaten by alligators. Read more.

Sept. 11, 2007
Flyer News
“At some point you have to stop talking the talk, and walk the walk,” said Tim Bete, the author to the recently published book “Captain 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.” Read more.

Sept. 9, 2007
ClevelandGermans.com
In 1995, Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers and John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur created Talk Like A Pirate Day, which is celebrated on September 19 each year. Now Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall has declared the following day, Sept. 20, Walk Like a Pirate Day.
Read more.

Sept. 7, 2007
WGNU-AM 920 (St. Louis)
Interviewed for Authors on the Air program. Visit their site.

Sept. 2, 2007
Soundings
Cap'n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall, also known as humorist writer Tim Bete, has decided the time is right for yet another ode to the unique legend of piracy. Read more.

World of Monkey Island
Just an advance note that September 19th will be Talk Like a Pirate Day again, so you can hurl Monkey Island insults at your friends, who will have no idea what you're on about. But the fun doesn't stop there! Indeed, pirate brethren, September 20th sees the birth of a brand new pirate holiday: Walk Like a Pirate Day! So now you can talk the talk and walk the walk! Read more.

Sept. 1, 2007
Pirates and Privateers
Five stars: I highly recommend Guide to Pirate Parenting, for it is filled with piratical treasure you won’t find anywhere else and not even the meanest of pirates will be able to keep a straight face! Read more.

August 2007
Parent Guide Magazine
Pirates of the Caribbean movies are a thrill-a-minute. But if you really want to add some excitement to your life, consider becoming a “Parent of the Caribbean.” That’s right: Raise your kids as pirates! Read more.

August 31, 2007
Time Out NY Kids
The parody, Guide to Pirate Parenting, offers up tips on how to make your kiddo into a “plunderer of the high seas or suburbs,” and answers common questions, such as “What is scurvy and how can I change my pirate’s diet to prevent it?” Read more.

Auguts 29, 2007
e-Media Wire
For a dozen years aspiring buccaneers have celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19. But now Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall has declared Sept. 20, 2007, the first-annual Walk Like a Pirate Day. "At some point you have to stop talking the talk, and walk the walk," says Cap'n Billy, who's also co-author of the new book, Guide to Pirate Parenting. Read more. Also on Bigg.net, Topix,

Auguts 29, 2007
Pirate of Panther Bay Blog
First, Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers and John "Ol Chumbucket" Baur started Talk Like a Pirate Day. Now, Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall, co-author with Tim Bete of Guide to Pirate Parenting, has created "Walk Like a Pirate Day." Never to be outdone by creativity, they've assigned September 20th as Walk Like a Pirate Day, the day after Talk Like a Pirate Day! Read more.

Auguts 31, 2007
Christian Humor Writers
For a dozen years aspiring buccaneers have celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19. But now Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall has declared Sept. 20, 2007, the first-annual Walk Like a Pirate Day. "At some point you have to stop talking the talk, and walk the walk," says Cap'n Billy, who's also co-author of the new book, Guide to Pirate Parenting. Read more.

August 27, 2007
Asheville Citizen Times
"Most people who read Bete’s book realize it’s tongue-and-cheek, he said. However, the occasional talk radio host will ask if he really employed such parenting techniques that would send a man to the hoosegow." Read more.

August 2007
Book Views
"A very clever, entertaining book about parenting is a Guide to Pirate Parenting: Why You should Raise your Kids as Pirates and 101 Tips on how to Do It ($10.95, Cold Tree Press, softcover). Now, I grant you that most of the "advice" is useless as a practical matter, but you won’t care because you will be enjoying it too much. The author Tim Bete has the alter ego of Cap’n Billy "the Butcher" MacDougall who dispenses his thoughts on feeding your pirate, nocturnal issues, disciplining your pirate, perhaps with a Flying Dutchman Wedgie, and when it is appropriate to smack a teenager in the head with an oar. Bring your sense of humor. Amusing, offbeat advice for any parent who is also a pirate." Read more.

August 10, 2007
Novel Journey
Interview about humor writing. Read more.

July 23, 2007
Foreword Magazine
"Sheer grins and belly laughs await readers of Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall’s Guide to Pirate Parenting...Nervous parents-to-be will appreciate the fresh gust of light air and realize parenting, like pirating, is all about attitude." Read more.

July 9, 2007
TCM Reviews
"Definitively funny...This book is a gem of inspiration and imagination that allow parents to get in on all the fun and revisit childhood with their children." Read more.

June 16, 2007
One News Now Syndicate
Whether you want to or not, you'll end up laughing. If you don't, Cap'n Billy will hunt you down and make you walk the plank. I give this book two hooks up. Now gimme a hearty "Arrr!" Read more.

June 10, 2007
DisneyFamily.com
"Hillarious book by Tim Bete.  This book is totally fun and gives parents ideas for raising a better pirate." Read more.

June 2007
Los Angeles Family, South Bay Family, Las Vegas Family, Ventura Family
Guide to Pirate Parenting is featured in the Father's Day Gift Guide. Read more.

June 4, 2007
MyShelf.com
"Tim Bete, author, appears to have timing of a standup comic down pat...His Guide to Pirate Parenting, about raising kids up right is essential because, with all this pirate stuff floating in the ether, a savvy parent is a very good thing to be." Read more.

The Flint Journal (Michigan)
"Regardless of occupation or age, being a pirate is glamorous," he said. "Maybe it's the freedom of it." Read more.

Metro Family Magazine (Oklahoma)
Guide to Pirate Parenting offered as prize in "Question of the Month" contest. Visit their site.

June 3, 2007
Adrian Daily Telegram
Bete’s book features the wisdom of Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall, who points out that children who ignore orders to “Stop fighting with your sister” are more obedient when parents bellow, “Avast ye scurvy dog or I’ll give ye a taste of me hook!” Read more.

Burbank Leader (Calif.)
Another good reason to see this movie: It is spawning talk, albums, games, toys and even improbable books like "Guide to Pirate Parenting." Read more.

CWO Magazine (Christian Women Online)
Guide to Pirate Parenting included in monthly book giveaway. Read more.

June 1, 2007
Family-Life Magazine
Mike Farrell, publisher of Fatherville.com, has picked the top books to give as Father’s Day gifts for 2007. Read more.

Glendale News Press (Calif.)
Another good reason to see this movie: It is spawning talk, albums, games, toys and even improbable books like "Guide to Pirate Parenting." Read more.

Kaye Trout's Book Reviews
"Clever...and many of the suggestions in this little book are just that, plus you can’t help but laugh now and then and who doesn't need a good laugh." Read more.

May 31, 2007
WPYX (Albany, NY)
Interviewed on Wolf in The Morning show. Visit their Web site.

Babby Babble
Features useful information like: At what age your child should be able to remove a bottle cap by taking out his glass eye and using his eye socket as an opener. Read more.

May 30, 2007
Mama's Musings
I received a funny book from Tim Bete called Guide to Pirate Parenting. It uses a pirate analogy to help parents lighten up and accept their kids for their swash-buckling smelly ways. Since my kids have been known to turn the backseat of a car into mutiny, Read more

Dayton City Paper
While roaming through the parenting section at a local bookstore recently, I stumbled upon a slim volume tucked in between John Rosemond and Dr. Spock. It was simply titled "Cap'n Billy 'The Butcher' MacDougall's Guide To Pirate Parenting" and had a wonderful illustration depicting a young lad in full pirate regalia on the front cover. Read more.

May 27, 2007
Dayton Daily News
The book, he says teaches every aspect of pirate growth and development, from baby pirate care through the teen years. At PirateParenting.com, he writes that raising a pirate has many advantages: "When other parents hear you're raising your children as pirates," he says, "they'll stop asking you to volunteer at school." Read more.

May 26, 2007
New York Daily News
It's a complete pirate-eye parody, says Bete, poking fun at a stack of parenting guides he culled for inspiration. (Although, in the introduction, he claims to have gleaned all his information from Cap'n Billy, a true-to-life pirate he met at a local bar.) Read more.

May 25, 2007
The Fresno Bee
Tim Bete, author of "Cap'n Billy 'The Butcher' MacDougall's Guide to Pirate Parenting," says kids flock to pirates for a reason. "They smell alike," the father of four says, chuckling. "The thing that kids have that pirates do is live every minute, looking for the fun in life. They have the same attitude, the thing that adults kind of lose as they get older. Read more.

May 24, 2007
Family Matters Radio
Interviewed on syndicated radio program. Visit their Web site.

Books blog: Texas Pages
“Cap'n Billy” suggests that “Divvying up booty is good quality time with the kids” and “Replacing 'family movie night' with 'family terrorizing the neighbors with cannons night' is a wonderful change of pace.” Read more.

May 22, 2007
The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
"With Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End set to open Friday, author Tim Bete is encouraging parents to brush up on their pirate parenting skills. "Most parents have been on the wrong end of a mutiny at one time or another," says Bete, author of "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." Read more.

Scrambled Dregs
An interview with Tim Bete. Read more.

Parent Traps
"Too Cool! I can't wait to check this puppy out!" Read more.

Nerd is the Word
"Here's a site that tells you how to raise a Pirate in a proper, piratey way." Read more.

May 21, 2007
South Florida Sun Sentinel
"Perhaps the oddest offering is 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 (Cold Tree Press). Humorist Tim Bete promises to answer such 'common' parenting questions as: 'At what age a child should be able to remove a bottle cap by taking out his glass eye and using his eye socket as an opener?' plus tips on 'When to smack a teenager in the side of the head with an oar.'" Read more.

SunSentinel.com
"The destination also boasts a slew of silly features. These include an in-depth book review of A Guide to Pirate Parenting by Tim Bete..." Read more.

Reader Views
"I heartily recommend “Cap'n Billy ‘The Butcher’ MacDougall's Guide to Pirate Parenting” for all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or others who have a pirate loving child in their life." Read more.

Finestkind Clinic and fish market
How to raise kids pirate style. Read more.

May 20, 2007
Dean's World
"Kids say the arghhhh-est things. That's why I'm glad there's now a guide to pirate parenting." Read more.

Jill/txt blog
"If you’re like most parents, you long to raise your children as pirates but just don’t know how." Read more.

Scrambled Dregs
"What do you do when you run into a pirate who just so happens to have co-authored a book on Pirate Parenting?" Read more.

May 18, 2007
Fatherville.com
Guide to Pirate Parenting picked as one of best books to give for Father's Day. Mike Farrell says, "Tim Bete has done it again! I laughed out loud and wondered if he had been spying on me family of little mutineers."  Read more.

Book Reviews, by Renee' Barnes
"A hilarious evenings read." Read more.

Tawny Grammar blog
If you’re like most parents, you long to raise your children as pirates but just don’t know how. Read more.

May 17, 2007
URLwire
Pirates of the Caribbean movies are a thrill-a-minute. But if you want to add some real excitement to your life, become a “Parent of the Caribbean,” and convert your minivan into a pirate schooner. Read more.

LitChick (part of Cincinnati.com)
Arrgggh. Pirate mania, which has only increased with each Pirates of the Carribean movie, has led to a slew of books, including the bestselling Pirateology that's part of the wildly successful "ology" series for Candlewick. Well, Dayton humor writer Tim Bete has decided to capitalize on the trend before it culminated May 25 with the release of the final POC movie, "At World's End." Read more.

May 14, 2007
Mid-Valley Moms
"We get a lot of press releases at the newspaper, and most just go in the 'recyling' bin. But this one, about raising children to be pirates, is just so weird, we thought we'd share." Read more.

May 11, 2007
WCTC-AM (NJ)
Interview with Judith Leblein on "The World According to Judith. Visit their Web site.

May 10, 2007
Rob Ossian's Pirate Cove
"In the grand tradition of Dave Barry and other great humorists, Tim Bete has put together this alarmingly insightful book on how to raise your child to be a happy and self-sufficient pirate." Read more

UDQuickly
"Johnny Depp would be proud of Tim Bete, director of UD's Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. Bete is the author of the new humor book Cap'n Billy 'the Butcher' MacDougall's Guide to Pirate Parenting," Read more.

May 9, 2007
Pregnancy.org
Online chat about raising kids as pirates. Visit their site.

May 8, 2007
ThingamaBaby
"Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall's Guide to Pirate Parenting is a refreshing voice in the realm of parenting books. Author Tim Bete ostensibly recounts the words of the plunderer Cap'n Billy, as dictated from a bar stool, spoofing the parenting book genre with good-natured humor." Read more.

WBSM-AM (Mass.)
Interviewed on The Pete Braley Morning Show. Visit their site.

The Thin Man Returns blog
"So, where to go for good sound child-rearing advice? Ah, I know, the first indispensible source - Pirate Parenting!" Read more.    

Columnists.com
Guide to Pirate Parenting mentioned on the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Web site. Visit it.

Mac Videos
With the popularity of movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, and the daily insanity involved parenting kids, it didn’t take long for humor author Tim Bete to put it all together in his latest book Cap’N Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall’s Guide to Pirate Parenting. Read more.

May 6, 2007
WritersChatroom.com
Online chat about humor writing and Guide to Pirate Parenting. Visit their site.

May 5, 2007
BilgeMunkey.com
"A humorous, satirical jaunt through the world of parenting...complete with pirate-versions of popular nursery rhymes, checklists to gage your child's progress, and advice on dealing with pirate teenagers, this book contains little that might actually be useful to parents, but MUCH that might amuse them (especially after a hard day of PTA meetings and changing diapers.)" Read more.

Flying Stars Blog
Guide to Pirate Parenting mention on Nancy Brown's Flying Stars blog. Visit it.

May 3, 2007
Hate On Blog
"Never before has raising a pirate been so easy!" Read more.

May 2, 2007
810 AM WGY (Albany, NY)
Interviewed on the Don Weeks show. Visit their site.

May 1, 2007
BlahBlahBlah Blog
"Sometimes, it's best to let the press release speak for itself. How could any of my commentary possibly improve upon this revolutionary parenting idea? It couldn't. So just check this out, matey:" Read more.

The Arizona Corsair Network
Pirates in Arizona are helping spread the news about Guide to Pirate Parenting. Read more.

"You'll love this funny take on child rearing. I just have one warning, set the rum aside as you read, especially if you are near any open flames. Spit-takes can be dangerous." Read more.

April 28, 2007
Stroller Derby
"If your dream is to live the "Pirates of the Caribbean life" along with your family, now you can. First project? Convert your minivan into a pirate schooner. Why? Because not all pirates live near the ocean. Duh!" Read more.

Pyrate'sWay.com
Guide to Pirate Parenting mentioned in April news round-up. Read more.

April 27, 2007
Armchair Reviews
"Tim Bete's hilarious satirical parenting book is sure to keep you rolling...if not on the high seas, at least off your couch...Highly recommended for parents raising pirates of all ages." Read more.

Melanie Deveau Show interview - AM 800 CKLW
Interviewed on the "Windsor Now" program. Visit their site.

NewsWireToday
"PirateParenting.com is loaded to the gunnels with pirate fun, including an excerpt from the book, Guide to Pirate Parenting, as well as Cap’n Billy’s random pirate schooner name generator and a chance to plunder Cap’n Billy’s treasure chest."
Read more.

Natural Blog
"This is the cover of a real, actual book. Inside, find the answers to your burning questions, like "I’ve never changed a baby’s diaper before. How do I 'swab the poop deck?'" Read more.

April 25, 2007
Chapter One
Online book chat at AOL's Family Hearth writing group. Visit their site.

April 23, 2007
Books for Moms
"Keeping a sense of humor is vital to every mom and dad’s success in the wild adventure of parenting. And Bete does it best." Read more.

April 23, 2007
Pregnancy.org
Online chat about raising kids as pirates. Visit their site.

April 20, 2007
Keep to the Code, the Official Fan Site of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean
"We are pleased to present the latest in our ongoing author series, Tim Bete's 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. Read more.

April 19, 2007
HumorWriters.org
"When I decided to self-publish Guide to Pirate Parenting, I wasn't sure which POD company to use. There are so many of them and I didn't have time to compare and contrast the contracts and terms of dozens of different companies." Read more.

April 14, 2007
"I read it cover-to-cover without putting it down once. Wait, that's a blasted lie. I had to stop and wipe my eyes twice because I laughed so hard. The incredible guide you put together is the funniest pyratical book I've ever had the pleasure to read."
-- Steve "The Black Fox" Kimball, Publisher, The Pyrates Way magazine

April 7, 2007
Cat's Meow E-zine
"New book by humorist Tim Bete teachesw parents how to raise kids as pirates." Read more.

April 10, 2007
Editor & Publisher
"Reading 'Pirate Parenting' Is More Fun Than Walking the Plank. Read more.

March 24, 2007
KOPT radio (Eugene, Ore.)
Interviewed on Women Under The Influence (of laughter) with Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant.

March 21, 2007
Trend Hunter magazine
"If you are a parent, about to become one, or a concerned grandparent who never wants to hear Man overboard! floating off the starboard bow.”Then, you must read Tim Bete’s hilarious new book, Cap’n Billy “The Butcher” MacDougall’s Guide to Pirate Parenting. This is really a survival guide that will provide you with all the necessary tactics and strategies you need to stay just one step ahead of your innately piratical youngins. You have to beat them at their own game." Read more.

March 18, 2007
"The only book a parent needs to turn his lily-livered land-lubbin’ lunkhead children into true pirates!  Arrgh!"
-- W. Bruce “Lumpy Socks” Cameron,
Author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter

March 14, 2007
Jelly Mom Blog
Need a lift? Are the kids wearing you down? Then check out the latest book by Tim Bete: Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall's Guide To Pirate Parenting. Never before has raising a pirate been so easy! Read more.

March 13, 2007
Catholic Mom Community
"You won't want to miss these two great books written by humor columnist, Tim Bete." Read more.

March 2, 2007
Guide to Pirate Parenting wins the Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Award
Parent-to-Parent CEO Jodie Lynn calls the book, "Awesomely funny! Guide to Pirate Parenting showcases’ Bete’s warped, yet lovable, creativeness that makes this book a must-read for parents trying to escape the overwhelming trials of everyday life. As soon as I read, ‘If ye raised yer little powder monkeys as pirates, you’d be as happy as a bilge rat  in a bunghole,’ I was hooked!" Lynn is also a syndicated family/health columnist,  best-selling author, Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) and CEO, Parent to  Parent

Feb. 26, 2007
"I loved Guide to Pirate Parenting! It’s as if Cap’n Billy was ripped from me own loins, which would explain that drafty feelin’ I get in me nethers."
-- Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers, co-author of Pirattitude! So You Wanna Be A Pirate? Here's How, and co-founder of Talk Like a Pirate Day

Feb. 21, 2007
"A brilliantly funny alternative to the usual hit and miss approach to raising children. I say let's give it a shot. The kids are turning out badly anyway."
-- Tony "Jumpy Cabin Boy" Cochran, nationally syndicated cartoonist of Agnes

Feb. 3, 2007
"This book made me laugh so hard I had to wipe the tears from my eyes. Not a good thing when you have a hook."
-- "Fingerless Fred" Rubin, Producer of Night Court and Family Matters

Feb. 1, 2007
"The funniest book I've read in years! If you're only going to buy one book about how to raise your kids as pirates, this should be it!" 
-- Karyl "Cutthroat" Miller, Emmy Award winning sitcom writer, whose credits include The Cosby Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show


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