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.

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...
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...
9 kid-friendly meals for children outside of NYC

9 kid-friendly meals for children outside of NYC

The New York Times has posted a roundup of 14 kid-friendly meals that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less….if you have the kind of kid who likes food seasoned with anchovies, cumin or ginger. If, on the other hand, you are raising a child who does not ask to...
Wanted: A quantified child app for helping special needs kids

Wanted: A quantified child app for helping special needs kids

When you’ve got a special needs kid, you’re often trying successive strategies or interventions to help your kid develop new emotional, cognitive or behavioral skills. But if you’re also on the roller coaster of living with a challenging kid, it can...
How to lock your kids out of every fucking device

How to lock your kids out of every fucking device

I wrote my Ph.D. thesis on hacktivism: politically-motivated computer hacking. Interviewing fifty politically engaged computer hackers turned out to be great preparation for running a business that built nonprofit online communities, because I really know how to speak...
How to balance evening work with family life: the 2×2

How to balance evening work with family life: the 2×2

Blame it on after-hours email, but it seems like the extended workday is here to stay. If your household is anything like ours, you often have work to do in the evening…and if you’re a parent, that means that work often intrudes on family time. To help...
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