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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 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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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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Tips for Tricking Your Boss into Being a Better Manager

A great boss can make the workplace your favorite place to be. A bad one can transform the daily grind into one of the circles of Hell. Or make you dream about which of those circles you’d like to see your boss suffer in … for eternity. Unfortunately, a good boss is about as rare as a return ticket at the River Tantalus.
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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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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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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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Reality TV Jobs and the People Who Do Them

Depending on who's counting, there are as many of 500 reality TV shows out there, from the So You Think You're America's Next Top Broadway Star competitions to the Who Wants to Marry the Girls Next Door dating shows. Search Thousands Of Colleges And Scholarships. Join Our Growing Community Of College Bound Students.
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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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Volvo is Making Cars a Lot Safer for Kids

When most of us imagine what future luxury cars might look like, we might picture ultra-comfy seats or watching movies during boring stretches of road. When the car-safety nerds at Volvo think about it, they come up with a safer way for the most vulnerable beings in our world—our kids—to travel by car.
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Great Buys on Beef Cookers, Booze, and Bacon

Here in America, we celebrate freedom—most things, really—with food and drink. “Hey, remember when our entire country revolted and freed itself from the tyranny of foreign rule?”. “Heck yeah! Let’s throw some dogs on the barbecue! And pass the beer!”. You probably have your BBQ and beverages all set for tomorrow’s 4th of July festivities.
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Deal Seeker: Five Bargains for a Photo-Obsessed Culture

“Who cares if your hair is a mess?”. I asked my teenage daughter. She was taking much too long to get ready for school. Her response startled me, but it offered an astute commentary on our culture. “Do you know how many pictures will be taken of me today?”. she asked. “Hundreds. If you were having your picture taken all day, you’d do something about your hair, too, wouldn’t you?”.
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The Deal Seeker: Get a Galaxy S6, an iPad Air, or a Motorola Smartwatch... Cheap

The Galaxy S6 is finally out. You know you want it. It’s fast, slick, beautiful, and sexy. Yes, really. I want one. Maybe you do, too. Under normal circumstances, I’d never be able to justify another cell phone purchase. But for a limited time, new and existing Sprint customers can lease a Galaxy S6 for free by committing to the Sprint Unlimited Plus plan.
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4 Cars with Tech to Help Your Teen

2016 Chevrolet Malibu is the latest car with features to limit teens' ability to get into trouble. Look back at those kids bickering in your back seat on the way to school, and enjoy them while they last. Before you know it, they’ll be asking for the keys and driving themselves to school. The most shocking thing about that may be that you will actually hand the keys over and let your baby maneuver that fast, massive, and potentially deadly machine into the world.
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