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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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Divorce Goes Digital

The first time I thought about asking my husband Dan for a divorce, our newborn son was in my arms. Chalking it up to postpartum disillusionment and pure exhaustion worked for a while—but by the time our daughter was born a couple of years later, the question was a near constant in my mind. So I put it to friends, my mother, therapists, Google—even Dan himself.
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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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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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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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Developers who work from spectacular locations

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Everything you Need to Know to send Animated (GIF) via Text

Have you seen short animations on Facebook and wondered what they are? They are called GIFs and here is the lowdown: Way back in the 80s, Steve Wilhite invented a graphics format that was better than what was at the time. Being a nerd (he coded for the now-defunct, then Internet startup Compuserve), he called it Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).
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12 Apps that Help Kids Study

Flash cards? Study groups? A set of encyclopedias? No one studies with these tools anymore. Apps are the way. These little tools are right there on your phone, ready to work for seconds, minutes, or hours at a time. They deliver everything from answers to current news to teachers. They will remind you to study.
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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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Worried about Snapchat location tracking your teens? I’m not. Here’s why:

On June 21, Snapchat launched a feature – Snap Map – that caused parents, law enforcement, and some reporters to fret wildly about the safety of teenagers using Snapchat. Snap Map shows people on Snapchat where their friends are, on a map, in precise up-to-the-second detail. Even if the idea of a feature on your teen’s phone that reveals their location doesn’t already worry you, it probably will after you read all the warnings.
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We tried dozens of travel apps. These 10 will save your trip!

Gone are the days of money belts, maps, travel guides, and standing in line. You can use your phone to do most of that. But which apps will get it done? We tried dozens of them, hit the road, and learned from our mistakes. All you have to do is spend ten minutes downloading apps and you will be ready to roll.
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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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