Christina Tynan-Wood

Columnist, freelance writer

North Carolina

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 Family Tech with Christina at But 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.


Opening Minds with Skype in the Classroom

Sometimes I’m stunned by the myopic viewpoints my daughter encounters in school, and so is she. I’ve gone to a lot of trouble to help both my kids see past their own small world to understand global issues. We travel as much as we can. We watch programming from other cultures. And we explore the Internet with an eye to the larger, diverse world.
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10 Road-Tested Travel Apps

When our kids were little, my husband Dan and I planned road trips with an attention to detail that likely rivaled General Eisenhower’s strategy to invade Normandy. these days, we hit the highway at the drop of a hat like a pair of carefree teenagers, with our own teens (17 and 15) in tow. A smartphone and the right apps at our fingertips means there’s very little we can’t tackle as we go.
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Surviving a Cross-Country Road Trip with the Husband, Two Quarrelsome Teens and a Dog

“We could pull a Thelma and Louise right here, Mom.”. Ava (15) was pointing to the precipice falling away into oblivion before our car. We were climbing into the mountains on our way out of Death Valley, six days into our own epic, life-changing road trip, and relocating from North Carolina to California.
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One Family Upgrades Their Technology Lifestyle

A family's technology overhaul makes music, movies, and gaming easier and more fun.
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Your Future Home

Though a Jetsons-esque house in which Rosie the Robot cheerfully pampers happy humans isn't real life, experts say the next decade holds tremendous promise in terms of tech-driven innovations to make family homes smarter, cheaper to run and more fun to live in. Join us for a tour.
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I Stalked My Teenager. You Can, Too -

Want to know where your teen driver is? Read our guide to "family locator" technology at
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Your Future Car

Automotive experts say the next decade will bring a slew of family-friendly innovations with the potential to really rev up your day-to-day driving. Cars are getting smarter, safer and more amazing-poised to become rolling personal assistants, or even chauffeurs. Join us in the front seat and enjoy the ride.
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Your Future Body

Given that the Fountain of Youth seems nowhere to be found, tech-driven innovations are the next best bet for looking and feeling younger. Experts predict that the next decade will bring more options than ever for smoothing wrinkles, soothing aches and otherwise delaying the effects of aging. A body of evidence awaits.
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How to catch a falling son

By Christina Tynan-Wood When he was young, my son Cole was an entertaining writer, voracious reader, and so curious he exhausted us with questions. In second grade, he was tested as gifted. Now, at 15, he's as likely to be the teacher in our relationship as the student.
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High-Tech Gadgets for Dads and Grads

They want the hippest, hottest tech stuff on the market. You don't want to buy something that will seem outdated (or worse, just lame) in a month. Solution? Choose from these awesome options that earned two thumbs up in our hands-on tests.
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Live & Learn (Online!): How to Take Virtual Classes

Getting my kids back in the swing of classroom life involved the usual whirlwind of buying supplies, troubleshooting wardrobes and updating computers or software. But this time I felt a pang of envy. My 14-year-old son opted for an ambitious schedule including Latin and honors history and science.
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How to Buy a Tablet

By 7 a.m. on an average day, even before I say "Good morning" to my family, I grab my tablet to check e-mail, go over my Google calendar and scan the news headlines. Truth be told, I've gotten very attached to my tablet in a short amount of time.
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