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Facebook your kids? Tweet your granny? E-mail your sister? However you want to connect with (or avoid) your family members, networks can help. This page has inspiration, strategies and advice on how to harness technology to creating the family relationships you want.

You’ll find that a lot of these articles reflect my current stage of life as the mother of two young kids. But I also round up news about how Facebook, FourSquare, Twitter and other social media tools affect teens, aging parents and other family dynamics.

Making room for messiness

June 2, 2014

For the past two weeks we’ve been in the middle of our semi-annual domestic meltdown. Meltdown features include: emergency school visits necessitating precipitous departures from work implementation of new household rules precipitating epically draining tantrums academic and medical appointments requiring multiple (often sudden) scheduling changes. As messy, exhausting and difficult as these periods are, what [...]

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What you can learn by NOT throwing your child out of a window

May 20, 2014

A few years ago I found myself comparing vacation plans with a colleague — a single guy about a decade older than me. His upcoming vacation? A month-long backpacking trip to Hawaii, totally off the grid. When I marvelled at his bravery, he offered this wisdom: “Every year, try to do something that pushes you [...]

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Don’t be scared to Facebook your kids: A response to Amy Webb

September 5, 2013

Amy Webb has written an important but frustrating post on Facebook privacy and kids on the Slate website. Writing about a friend who extensively Facebooks photos and stories about her daughter “Kate”, Webb worries that Kate’s parents have compromised their child’s future autonomy, particularly in light of emergent facial recognition technology that can build profiles based on [...]

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How BrainPop prepared my son for time travel

June 19, 2013

Last night’s bedtime story was “JCat and the Time Machine for Cats”. Like all JCat stories, this one featured JCat traveling to Cupertino with Tim Cook in order to invent something. Happily, I was ready for the request to have a story featuring a time machine, since an end-of-day conversation with colleagues had digressed into [...]

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Stop sibling conflict with a tech-inspired solution

June 17, 2013

Are you tired of listening to your kids argue? Does it seem like a single ill-timed comment can ignite a cascade of escalating attacks and complaints? Are you sick of playing referee? This weekend we came up with an innovative strategy for stopping the sibling conflict cycle. To implement this plan, you need: 1. One [...]

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Father’s Day reminds us what’s at stake in parenting

June 15, 2013

For most of my life, my father’s relationship with me was a great disappointment, which is why Father’s Day always catches me by surprise in a slightly painful way. But a late-in-life surprise changed how I saw my dad — and my own job as a parent.

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8 kid-inspired features for Apple’s iOS 7

June 11, 2013

For the past couple of years, our kids’ favorite bedtime stories have featured a feline protagonist whose best friend is Apple CEO Tim Cook. In each story, Tim Cook teleports this cat to Cupertino (Apple HQ), where Tim and cat work on various cat-friendly inventions. Naturally, tonight’s story centred on an emergency visit from Tim [...]

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What to tell your kids about dating before the Internet

November 20, 2012

Hey, old people!  By which I mean: hey, people my age! If you’ve been wondering what dating wisdom you can usefully impart to your teenage or soon-to-be teenage kids, you should read Stephanie Martin’s thoughtful post on Dating in the Social Media Age. Stephanie writes: Before, during, and even after dating someone we will all nonchalantly [...]

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7 ways to enhance your vacations with Facebook

August 8, 2012

How Facebook can help you plan a better trip — and help you remember it.

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Multiplication table app round-up: Blog post wanted

June 4, 2012

Learning multiplication tables ought to be a lot easier — or at least a lot more fun — in the age of the iPad and iPhone. That’s why I’d love someone to write a blog post rounding up different multiplication table apps.

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NameRater: A search tool for evaluating a possible name change

June 2, 2012

Wanted: a search tool that evaluates the search engine visibility of your prospective married name, or the name you are considering for your baby.

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