Somehow, the topic got swapped to writing. Evidently there may be many iterations of The Golden Hand Award to be handed out to those attempting to assist Darkside in actually writing. I'm doing it gently, and his father's doing it somewhat less than subtly. I mentioned nanowrimo, and made cheerful noises to Darkside's mom about how fun it was, and the purpose -- not for good writing, but for getting actual writing done. Darkside's mom came up with a Brilliant Plan: supposing Darkside's dad used that as one of the Motivational Things? But, I said, that might not go over very well. Oh, he'd be doing it too, Darkside's mother said, and would then pull the, "If I can do it, you can" thing. "Here, you tell him about it."
So I klutzily explained nanowrimo to Darkside's dad.
If Darkside's dad manages to get Darkside to do nanowrimo next year, I will be extremely impressed.