Christina Tynan-Wood

Columnist, freelance writer

San Francisco Bay Area

Christina Tynan-Wood

I have been covering technology since before Bill met Melinda and you met Google. I currently write the Family Tech column in Family Circle magazine and the Deal Seeker column at Yahoo! Tech. I also write about education, parenting, and many other topics for many other publications. Clients include, Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, This Old House Magazine, USA Weekend, PC Magazine, PC World, Jaguar, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many others.


7 Tech Tools That Will Actually Improve Your Romantic Relationships

Technology takes a lot of heat for isolating people from each other. We’ve all seen those couples ostensibly eating dinner together in a restaurant, but staring at their phones. And we’ve all groaned in pity. when used right — can also bring you closer to the people you love. In fact, it can be one of the better tools in your romance toolbox.
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Ready to Quit the Rat Race? Here’s How to Save Some Cheese When You Go Solo

Does your daily grind or dwindling bank balance have you dreaming of a new career? Perhaps you have a brilliant idea that everyone tells you is sure to earn you millions. Or maybe you’re finding it difficult to leave your adorable offspring in the hands of someone else each morning before the commute.
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Saving Money on Travel (Without Staying in Hostels or Sleeping on Trains)

I have a hankering to hit the road, to see places unseen, to just pack my bag and go live in the world for a bit. But I can’t do it: Like most of you, I have to stay right here and work. But I can still dream. And dreaming about it sent me hunting for deals that make traveling easier, cheaper, and more stylish.
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Age Against the Machine: When Should You Buy Your Kid Her First PC?

When my son got to middle school, he asked for his own computer. He insisted he needed it for school. We argued; at that point in his life, I felt that need was still debatable. I knew he really wanted one so he’d have unpestered access to computer games. His school was then still carefully avoiding any homework that required a computer.
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Cutting the (phone) cord - modern options for your small business

Your business – even if your office is a pickup truck and your lone employee is canine – needs a phone number people can use to find you. A landline is out. It’s a relic from another age that can’t keep up with you. But you don’t want to give your personal cell phone number to every potential client you meet at the dog park.
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Spanking: discipline or abuse?

It's common, it's cultural, it's legal in all states in the nation. But does spanking work? I grew up with two kinds of spanking. My mother, a gentle and affectionate Brit raising four small children without much support, rarely spanked. Well, she often smacked our butts, jokingly, affectionately, with a laugh, sometimes followed by a tickle or hug.

Confessions of a cyberstalking mom

“Just say no!”. she said with authority. “And stick to your guns.”. We were at a dinner party at a friend’s house when a parent who takes a hard line on social networking began offering advice. Even though I strongly disagreed with her, I didn’t want to spoil a pleasant evening so I headed to the buffet.

Is that love or fear?

When my daughter Ava was in the sixth grade, she asked if she could walk to school by herself. The walk was idyllic, woodsy suburban, and one she and I often did together. I thought it was a great idea, a healthy walk before school would allow her to feel at home in the world outside our yard. in freezing snow — when I was much younger.

BMW Made My Daughter a Driver

I took my teenage daughter to BMW Performance Driving School. The weekend started with my sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava, whispering these words to me as we sat down in the classroom portion of her weekend at BMW Performance Driving School. The room was full of teenagers. To me, none of them looked older or more confident than her.
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College tours for…tweens?!

At 15 years old our son, Cole, suddenly lost interest in his future. It was the summer after his freshman year of high school, and our boy, who had been dreaming about going off to college since he was in the fifth grade, started asking if college mattered. He’s a smart kid, but he wasn’t enjoying high school.

BMW's Car That Won't Crash

A day testing the latest in collision prevention on the BMW i3. I like the idea of a car that drives itself. I know the rest of the world is not 100 percent with me on that. But I’ve watched a lot of science fiction movies. In those, if you engage autopilot, you get to do fun things in your bunk instead of keeping your hands at ten and two.
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Fuel-Cell Toyota Mirai: The Future?

Amid the sea of people and exciting tech announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, there was an announcement from Toyota that is probably a pretty important moment in automotive history: the Mirai. It's Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell car, a mid-size sedan that will be available for purchase or lease in October.
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