8 Questions about our Parenting Book & Family Textbook 3

Since several people have asked the same questions about the parenting book Maria and I are doing, I thought I’d answer them all at once in a blog post.

What’s the name of your book?

Our working title is Parenting Like I Know What I’m Doing, although we may change it if we come up with a better idea.

Will you talk about being the parent of a kid in sports/ gifted athlete?

Yes. There are several pages on that topic, but it is only one topic in the book.

Julia playing soccer

How is this different from the Family Textbook you wrote last year?

The person who did all of the work on the last book

The Family Textbook is a selection from our family group text, which has been going on for years. They range the gamut from how to dress your monkey (literally, this isn’t a euphemism for anything) to running a startup to Maria’s unsuccessful campaign to get AnnMaria to swear an acceptable amount for an executive of a gaming company. The parenting book is on, well, parenting.

In addition, as Maria will tell you if you pause for breath, Maria did 90% of the work on that one,

Also, for a limited time, the parenting book is free.  Fill out this form to get on our mailing list and we’ll send you an email when it comes out.

Does this mean I can get the Family Textbook for free, too?

No.  People who backed us at least $50 on Kickstarter received the Family Textbook months ago. Not only is the Kickstarter over, but we’ve already sent out the rewards AND released two games – AzTech: The Story Begins and AzTech: Meet the Maya. No thanks to you, I might add.

Does the Parenting Book include pictures of your children?

Of course it does, our children are beautiful.


Also, geniuses.



If I read your book will my child become an award-winning author or Olympic athlete?

Maybe. If we could guarantee that, we wouldn’t be giving it to you for free. We can almost guarantee that reading our book will help you feel better about not knowing all the answers. That alone is worth the price.

If I’d like the Family Textbook can I still get it?

The Kickstarter is over, but since you feel guilt about not backing us and would like to do good in the world to gain karma, if you sponsor Fish Lake or Spirit Lake ($100 each)  or Forgotten Trail ($50) for a classroom in the next month  we will send you a link to download the Family Textbook, too. Your guilt will be assuaged, the angels will love you and 30 kids will get a game.

Why are you giving away the parenting book for free?

Two reasons:

  1. To get more people to come to our site, read our newsletters and learn about our games. (Thank you. It worked for you.)
  2. It is a compilation of our favorite blogs on parenting we’ve written over the past 10 years, so it will not take us as long to put together as the Family Textbook which required significantly more graphic design, for Maria to write an introduction, for all 6 family members to read and agree, etc.


If you still don’t know how to get the book,

Well, that was 8 questions already and attentiveness is not your top skill, but the answer is to fill out this form, in the subject line say, “I’d like a book please” and we will send you a link when it’s available. If you don’t say please, we will send you a picture of dirt instead.

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