Why I’m a Pirate Mom

Being a mom to three little boys is a bit like what I imagine it would be like to hang out with a rowdy band of pirates.

They’re usually dirty and quite loud.

Bad table manners aren’t surprising.

Looting is commonplace(especially of their brothers’ belongings).

Someone is always digging for treasure(even if it’s the nose or pants kind).

Scars and battle wounds are expected.

Someone usually wants to make someone else walk the plank(or be kicked out of the playroom).

There’s always a chance of mutiny(against Captain Mom).

pirate swords

They're all saying "Argh..." And yes, I lost my mind and bought those swords for them.

Let’s just hope no one loses an eye and needs that pirate eye patch.

Argh. Being a Pirate Mama is hard work.

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  1. Hard work, indeed, but look at those cute faces– you hit the mommy motherload :-)

    Now get ye to swabbing the decks! haha

  2. Hee! Hard work, indeed! But oh my, who knew little boys were such loves?! Adorable photo! :)
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  3. I’m jumping in full force to Pirate Motherhood, as my almost 4 yr old little GIRL asked for a Pirate party! I’ve been debating the swords. 
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    • I figured they can’t really hurt each other with these ones- and they were in the dollar spot at Target! 

  4. little boys are so much fun…I will take all those things you listed over a girl’s attitude any day ;)
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  5. They look so happy in that picture!  ;-)  Raising little boys is definitely like having a band of pirates!
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  6. Pirates also revel in the moment, take no prisoners, know how to live, love, laugh.  What a way to live.
    Great job, Captain Mom.
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  7. I have extra eye patches from the two pirate birthday parties JDaniel has gone to. Let me know if you need them..
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  8. LOL!!! Digging for gold!! Bahahaha! Love the swords. Great post!
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  9. Cute photo and great memories Captain Shell. (LoL)
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  10. Awww they must have so much fun together! Nolan is all boy so I’m sure I have some of this in my future!
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  11. You are a cool pirate mom. I can see you dressed up in a wench outfit (I bet your hubby can, too). ;)
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  12. Glad my kids aren’t the only ones digging for gold

  13. Love the picture, they are adorable. Just a little FYI they don’t change much as they get older, mine still pretty much act exactly the same , just add girls in the mix and it completes the picture.
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  14. I am losing my mind here with my boys’ obsession over all things sword or weapon of any kind. Being a Mom of boys definitely requires you to dig deep for the calm and find peace with the roughness. I really hope we don’t go to the store where you bought those because I will never hear the end of the requests for them.

    You are a good pirate mom!
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    • Actually, you might want these- they came from the dollar section of Target and they can’t actually hurt each other with them. Better than what they usually hit each other with.

  15. I’m a future pirate mom :) 
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  16. I can totally relate. My boys love to play pirates and rescue their ‘princess’ :-)
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  17. I love being a pirate mom! Well, most days anyhow. I could totally do without the digging for gold though. Ugh.

  18. As hectic as it can get, I love being a Pirate Mom.  The only thing I don’t like are the battle wounds you find that have no explanation.  I’m still trying to figure out how my son cut his head the other day!
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  19. So true. Yeah I’m a pirate mom too, despite having only one pirate in the house. Two if you cound daddy. And I would!

  20. That is the perfect pirate picture! :) And yes…that is exactly what raising boys is all about. Bless you for doing it three times over!
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  21. OMG you are so right! Love the photo!

    • Thanks! They had a blast with those swords! 

      I was watching them and thought oooh, post. File under “you know you’re a blogger when…”

  22. Rhenee Berger says:

    HA!!  GREAT analogy!

  23. You aren’t crazy.
    You’re the PERFECT mama for those three boys.

    I really want to work in some “Ahoy, Matey!” line but nothing is sounding authentic.
    Still, either way? This makes me want to wake my kids up and hand them swords.

    Kind of.
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  24. Tehehe…. Love this! I just spent the weekend with my nephew, and left amazed at how different boys and girls are!
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  25. I am a mom to 1 boy and this is after 3 girls. There are times (lots of them) where I am completely lost and have no idea what I’m doing or if he’s on track. I just keep moving on day to day and hope for the best!
    Also…. I’m thankful that I have 1 boy and 3 girls instead of the other way around.
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    • Ha! We get used to what we have. 

      After 7+ years of only boys, I don’t know what I’d do with a girl. 

  26. As a mom to 3 boys myself i completely agree with everything you just said :)
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  27. So, so true! Being a mom to boys is the hardest job ever! They’re totally like pirates.
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  28. Yay for letting your boys play their games. Well done to get those swords. Sail this ship Mamma. :-)
    Btw, I love the drawing on the wall, shows me I’m not the only one with a painter.
    Karin @Mommy’s Paradise recently posted..Some things my son needs to knowMy Profile

    • OMG! I was trying to figure out a way to get a pic w/o crayon on the wall in the background, but that’s pretty much impossible here. 

  29. I have a little pirate at home too!   Pirate Moms Unite!!
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  30. As a newish mom of two boys I just love this post. I’m excited for the adventures that await me as a pirate mom!
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  31. Oh I love being a boy mama, so much more than I thought I would. Are those swords still all in one piece?
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  32. Awe, but they are super cute pirates!
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  33. Haaa!! Super fun post! From one pirate mom to another, “Aye, Matey! It’s gonna be a long day, arrrrgh!”
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  34. Such a cute post. With 2 boys of my own I can totally relate…especially to the looting and digging for gold :)
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  35. This post makes me smile!

    The good news about being a pirate mom? There is rum!!!
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  36. So darned cute!
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  37. I have swords all over my house. Including a “Pirates of the Caribbean” sword that makes clanging noises when you step on it.
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  38. We have swords too! And a pirate scarf! I can definitely relate, mama!
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    • Mine love all things pirate.

      And all things boy-related. I have to be extra girly to make up for it! 

  39. TRUTH!! :)

    Can completely relate!

    Your long lost bloggy friend,
    Heidi :)
    ps -(wonder woman wannabe is about to sign off…)

  40. lol too cute :) 
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  41. I’m always in awe of you….one boy and a sister who plays like a boy keep me running.  I just can’t imagine!
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  42. Lol! You are so right– espeically the digging for treasure part- I have one in particular who is always on the look out for treasure
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  43. Ryan would be happy to share all his eye patches with your guys if necessary LOL
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  44. I have no idea what it’s like to be a pirate mom but I think you are doing a great job at it. Especially since you bought swords for the kids. 
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  45. Yes it is a lot like being a pirate isn’t it? Boys are so busy and gritty! Mine are now young men and I am looking forward to some grandsons some day!

  46. I hear you, sister. I hear you. There’s always lots of loud noises and farting going on.
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    • Oh, the FARTING.

      My boys were having a contest the other day. The one with the worst-smelling fart would be the winner. I don’t know who won, but I can tell you that I lost by having to be around it. 

  47. I imagine how difficult it is.  I just have the one girl and whenever I’m around boys I definitely see the difference.
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  48. Boys are just wired for that kind of thing. No wonder you just roll with it.
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  49. Adorable picture. Swords would be quickly removed in this house. DANGEROUS swinging action would commence…
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    • These ones are super soft, though. They almost can’t hurt each other with them(unless they aimed right for the eye). 

  50. This is a fun post, and a great photo. If you are a Pirate mom, then I am a Princess mom.
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  51. They are the cutest things ever.

    Unfortunately/fortunately my Princesses can whip my Pirates butt (he has a soft spot white neither of them do.)

  52. Don’t forget making ya walk the plank.
    Yer hearties!
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  53. I’m a boy mom too. I never thought I’d figure this thing out, but now? I couldn’t imagine it the other way!
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  54. They are so cute! We bought the same swords for our boys…although they have already torn them up. 
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  55. Love the swords!!!  I see this in my future as the two boys get older.  They do love to scream and run around like crazy already.  At least I have one older girl to help swab the deck.  We’ll train them as they get older, LOL!
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  56. I recognize the colors in that particular brand of Pirate Sword!

    We were just having the bath discussion last night. The Girl was not happy when I reminded her that it was she, herself, who said on the way to gymnastics that she would need a shower when she got home because she always got sweaty!
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    • My boys fight baths. 

      Or at least, they fight actually getting clean in the tub. They’ll get in, but they just want to play.

  57. Thats awesome. :) I bet there is rarely a dull moment
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  58. Hard work is right.  But think about how awesome it will be when they bring home that buried treasure! :)

    I love the comparisons, dirty with bad table manners is only the beginning I see.
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  59. And I’m pretty sure pirates probably also had little regard for accuracy in the bathroom…
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  60. Those swords are the best thing ever because they’re foam and they can get all their aggression out.  I’ve bought them for my kids twice!
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  61. Sounds a lot like my house and I have two girls to one boy. hahahaha. Girls can be mean.
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