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Stop sibling conflict with a tech-inspired solution

Stop sibling conflict with a tech-inspired solution

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...
8 kid-inspired features for Apple’s iOS 7

8 kid-inspired features for Apple’s iOS 7

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...
8 ways iPhones and iPads affect family discipline

8 ways iPhones and iPads affect family discipline

There’s nothing like the beginning of a school year to illuminate gaps in your family’s, um….discipline. After a couple of rocky weeks inspired us to take a closer look at our family’s rhythms and regimes, I found myself noting the central role...

10 essential iPad and iPhone apps for your next road trip

When you’re about to hit the road, you need to look at your iPad or iPhone as a Swiss Army Knife: a device to load up with the essential tools that allow you to rise to any challenge. Here are 10 apps I won’t leave him without: TripAdvisor: To check out...
Packing list: 11 tech accessories for your web-enabled road trip

Packing list: 11 tech accessories for your web-enabled road trip

If only Apple would introduce an Apple Store passport! We’re well on our way to the goal of getting stamped at every Apple Store in North America. Not (only) because we make a point of seeking out each retail location in hope of finding some as-yet-unseen...
Why we need to remember life before the Internet

Why we need to remember life before the Internet

“What did kids do before there were iPads?” our kids asked us last week. This question was astonishing not just as an indicator of how central the iPad has become to our family life, but of how incredibly short our kids’ memories are. “What do...
Tied to technology

Tied to technology

My latest toy is an iPod nano watch. It’s just a plain old iPod nano, but it slides onto a watch strap specially designed to watch-ify it. I loved it for being red and iSomething and tiny but even so I wasn’t particularly sure that it was a wise (read:...
Review: ThinkGeek TK-421 Bluetooth Keyboard for iPhone

Review: ThinkGeek TK-421 Bluetooth Keyboard for iPhone

In my gift roundup for Harvard Business Review last week, I wrote that the secret to buying gadget gifts for early adopters is “to surprise us with something so new that it hasn’t yet arrived at Best Buy”. The item I suggested was a keyboard case for...
Introducing App Girl

Introducing App Girl

This is a cautionary tale about the dangers of introducing children to technology. Four weeks ago, it was time for the annual ritual of Hallowe’en costume selection. Most years, I have the energy to make one costume, which means that one kid get storebought and...