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.

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

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

If you have young kids, Father’s Day preparations in your house probably look a lot like they do in ours: shopping for a present, lecturing the kids to let Daddy sleep in,  and surreptitiously assembling various Dad-themed school projects (I am never more...
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...
What to tell your kids about dating before the Internet

What to tell your kids about dating before the Internet

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....
7 ways to enhance your vacations with Facebook

7 ways to enhance your vacations with Facebook

This post is part of a series of thank-you notes to the social media services that made our family vacation possible! Dear Facebook, I know that we’re together so much that sometimes it feels like I take you for granted, and I don’t tell you how much it...
Multiplication table app round-up: Blog post wanted

Multiplication table app round-up: Blog post wanted

Learning multiplication tables ought to be a lot easier — or at least a lot more fun — in the age of the iPad and iPhone. In fact, there are lots of apps that promise to happily turn your kid into a multiplication wizard, but figuring out which app to buy...
NameRater: A search tool for evaluating a possible name change

NameRater: A search tool for evaluating a possible name change

When my friends first started to get married, about fifteen years ago, I made an amazing discovery: majoring in Women’s Studies in no way predicted whether a woman would take her husband’s name. Over the years, I have had to let go any idea that changing...
Help your kids learn with Etsy and the Maker Faire

Help your kids learn with Etsy and the Maker Faire

Tonight Little Sweetie was thrilled to learn that she has been accepted into the Vancouver Maker Faire, a DIY festival we attended last year. She loved it, and immediately wanted to run her own booth, based on her Etsy store,  2 Dots 1 Symbol, which sells emoticon...
Stop blaming yourself for your kids’ challenges

Stop blaming yourself for your kids’ challenges

Today’s practice: Focus on healing your kids, not on figuring out how you’ve damaged them. In the past year a number of very important and dear people in our lives have started or grown their families in a way not everybody knows is possible: by adopting...
Make a family tech schedule

Make a family tech schedule

Today’s practice: Make a family tech schedule. We recently took the bold, terrifying step of pulling all the gaming consoles (Xbox, Playstation and Wii) out of our home media center, and sending them on a vacation to the closet. We took this measure in response...
Stop worrying about your kids’ online future

Stop worrying about your kids’ online future

I’m one of more than a thousand Internet experts who contributed thoughts about our emergent digital world to the 2012 Elon University-Pew Internet & American Life study on the future of the Internet. My comments were picked up in the Globe and...
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