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Christina Tynan-Wood

Columnist, freelance writer

Portland, Oregon

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 Greatschools.org, Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, This Old House Magazine, USA Weekend, PC Magazine, PC World, Jaguar, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many others.

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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.
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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.
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8 Clever Mom Hacks for Driving with Kids

Does it seem as if a big chunk of your family time happens on the road? Considering that Americans spend, on average, 290 hours a year driving, that’s not just frustration talking. This is a reality. That is more than seven work weeks, spent in the car. And, if you have teenagers, this might even be the only time you spend in one-on-one conversations where they can’t storm away and slam a door.
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What Lies Beneath

I stand on the deck of the vision, soaking in the view of the big sur coast when a man wearing dry-suit underwear and ugg boots bumps into me, tossed by a lurch of the boat. “Come here often?”. Diving off the coast of big sur is not something anyone does often. There is nowhere to put in a boat south of point lobos or north of morro bay and those dramatic cliffs make getting into the ocean from shore nearly impossible.
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Have an AirBnB or VRBO Rental? Best Smart Home Tech for Vacation Rentals – 2017

Instead of selling my condo in a buyer’s market when I moved cross country, I listed it on Airbnb.com and VRBO.com, hired a housekeeper, and hoped renting it out would help me pay the mortgage until the market changed. Then a funny thing happened: I had fun, made money, met people I like, paid all its bills – and a little more, and have a place to stay when I want to visit my old town.
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Using the Internet to Grow an Adult Gets Easier

In the Age of the Internet, parents have a choice: Let kids get soft, squishy, and out of control in front an endless signal, or harness that signal to be both a carrot and a stick for enforcing rules, bedtimes, homework hour, and more. I consider control over the signal to be a necessary tool in teaching a teen to act like – and hopefully eventually become – and adult.
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How to Use the Internet to Grow an Adult

“What do you want for dinner?”. My daughter Ava asked cheerfully. “I’m cooking!”. I smiled and considered my options. “And don’t worry that I’ll leave the kitchen a mess,” she added. “I’ll clean up, too.”. She had to shout this over the sound of the vacuum cleaner because she was cleaning the living room.
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A World-Changing Idea Is About to Get $100 Million

It's easy to be cynical these days. And then this happened: The MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change contest offered $100 million dollars for a single idea that could solve a major problem facing the world. There were no other criteria. The competition was open to organizations working in any field.
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Microsoft Wants a Digital Geneva Convention for Cyberwarfare

Some of the world's biggest nerds gathered this week at the RSA convention in San Francisco to talk about a subject most people would rather never contemplate and probably don't fully understand: Cybersecurity. And there, the president of Microsoft issued a rather startling call for the world's governments to come together and form a digital Geneva Convention to protect private citizens from cyberattacks by nation states against private citizens.
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Alexa? Meet Google Home [Review and Comparison]

Alexa (the AI inside the Amazon Echo) has been a member of our household for over a year. So when Google Home debuted and we got Google’s adorable AI installed just a few feet away, I was worried the two would fight like feral cats. But, not surprisingly, AIs are more reasonable than cats; they get along fine.
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The Mystery of African Desert 'Fairy Circles' Might Have Just Been Solved

A new theory helps explain the cause of the odd patterns in the Namibian desert — and can even help predict them. If you fly over the Namibian desert, on the west coast of southern Africa, you will see one of nature's great mysteries. Vast expanses of the landscape are pocked with circles of bare patches of earth.
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This Artificial Leaf Uses Sunlight to Make Drugs

Leafy plants are miraculous self-sufficient factories capable of transforming solar energy into chemical energy through photosynthesis. Since Giacomo Ciamician published his first photochemistry experiment in 1886, scientists have looked for a way to recreate photosynthesis. But they haven't been able to harness enough sunlight to make the conversion artificially.

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