Family

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.

An open letter to the police officer who helped my autistic son

An open letter to the police officer who helped my autistic son

I was sitting on the sidewalk when I suddenly realized you were standing over me. Well, not directly on the sidewalk: I was sitting on top of my kicking, screaming, 10-year-old son. I thank heaven that you were the police officer who came to the scene. We were on...
LinkCraft: Your guide to the LinkedIn/Minecraft merger

LinkCraft: Your guide to the LinkedIn/Minecraft merger

Gaming juggernaut Mojang, best known for its Minecraft platform, will acquire social network LinkedIn, technology outlets reported today. The acquisition was undertaken by Microsoft, an umbrella holding company that is largely unknown to most Minecraft users. The...
Kids’ Screen Time is a Feminist Issue

Kids’ Screen Time is a Feminist Issue

The cultural panic over kids and screen time has never made sense to me. In my latest JSTOR post, I dig into feminist history for analogies to the current anxiety about kids and technology, and discover there’s plenty of precedent.

How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg

How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg

Investors and tech geeks love to talk about “unicorns”: tech startups that are worth $1 billion or more. Incredibly, many of these dazzling success stories, like Facebook and Snapchat, have been launched by people in their early twenties. Other...
How to raise a white hat hacker

How to raise a white hat hacker

Today in the Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode, I look at what it takes to turn a curious, tech-minded kid into an ethical hacker.

The 9 stages of special needs parenting

The 9 stages of special needs parenting

Today I went through my monthly ritual of looking for even more Facebook parent groups to join, in the hope that somewhere is the group of people who will understand our exact set of challenges — or better yet, have the right set of solutions. It suddenly struck...
The Final Four-Year-Old

The Final Four-Year-Old

The NCAA’s Final Four may determine who rules the court, but the Final Four-Year-Old determines who rules the playground. Here’s my bracket for the 2016 Sparkle Tots championship.  ...

What the new parenting wars mean to your business [infographic]

The new parenting wars have profound implications for marketers — but most of them haven’t even noticed the battle lines. That’s because the latest battleground isn’t over helicopter parenting, vaccines or any of the other squabbles that regularly grab headlines. The...
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