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.


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.

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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How to Turn Your Kid into a Coder

The media (social and otherwise) has been buzzing lately about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to our collective future — and, as a consequence, about the importance of teaching them to our kids. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. will create 1.4 million jobs in computer science related fields by 2020.
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How Bill and Melinda Gates Want to Transform Teaching

You know how Bill Gates helped change the way people all over the world work, play, and communicate? Now he and his wife, Melinda, are talking about changing the way we teach and learn. This week, to mark the return to school for millions of American students, Bill and Melinda are posting a series of blog entries in which they ponder the ways education could be transformed by technology.
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Deal Seeker: 5 Ways to Protect Your Smartphone (Without Spending a Bundle)

Last week, Verizon announced that it was ditching its old sign-a-two-year-contract-and-we’ll-subsidize-your-phone plans. Instead, you’ll buy your phone for full price (perhaps with installment payments). And Verizon is only the latest carrier to make that switch. Which means that, now more than ever, you need to take care of your phone; replacing it could cause some serious sticker shock.
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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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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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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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