This post originally appeared on Huffington Post in November, 2014.
As any concerned citizen preparing for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I did some preparation, reading Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates, a history of pirates by the English naval historian David Cordingly. With 25 years of family therapy behind me, I thought: Why stop at only talking like a pirate? Why not parent like a pirate? These bands of murderous thugs can impart more guidance to today’s parents than you might think.