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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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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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