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Jeana Lee Tahnk
Jeana Lee Tahnk is a tech enthusiast and writer who covers mobile apps, gadgets, gear and gizmos, and also explores the intersection of parents, kids and technology. She is Associate Editor of Cool Mom Tech, and regular contributor to Mashable, Parenting and more. Her commentary on technology has also been included The New York Times, HuffPost Live, The Modern Parent’s Guide, among others. She is often sought after as an expert in navigating the world of digital parenting and finding products that prove beneficial within the technology and/or parenting space.

More information about her writing expertise and professional background can be found at Top Tech Mom.

Entries by Jeana Lee Tahnk

Cool Products for Teaching Kids How to Code

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 8:58 AM


The trend to teach coding to kids is exploding. With inevitable tech-filled futures ahead of this iGeneration, parents are hopping onto the programming bandwagon in the hopes that it will not only give their kids a leg up, but also provide the skills...

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Why We Need To Embrace Technology In The Classroom Right Now

(9) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Classroom memories from childhood recall images of dusty green chalkboards, manual pencil sharpeners and textbook covers made out of brown paper bags. While remnants of those old school days remain in classrooms around the country, many have been catapulted into the future with digital whiteboards, iPads for kindergartners...

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9 Sanity Savers For Car Trips With Kids

(16) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 10:32 AM

It would be nice to hear the words "family car trip" and think about everyone harmoniously singing On the Road Again and soaking in the beautiful scenery outside. The reality is that a "family car trip" can easily turn more Clark Griswold than Norman Rockwell, and can be part of...

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Mind Your Mobile Manners: Your Kids Are Watching

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 1:05 PM

We have all experienced the aggravating moment of a cell phone ringing in a movie theater, and someone actually answering it. Or sitting with a dinner companion who is pretending to fix her napkin on her lap, but is really checking email under the table. People talk on their phones...

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Eco-Friendly Gifts For The Tech-Obsessed

(4) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 8:06 AM

It's great to see a concerted effort on everyone's part these days to conserve our natural resources. Kids are growing up knowing the importance of being environmentally responsible, from our society's widespread adoption of "reduce, reuse, recycle" to hybrid cars to the smart appliances in our homes.

The rise of...

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Technology and Gadgets Weighing You Down? It May Be Time for a Digital Diet

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2011 | 8:20 PM

If you've ever tried to have a meaningful conversation with someone who is tech-obsessed, you know how futile your efforts can be. It doesn't help that they're hunched over, heads down, their darting eyes can't focus on yours (when they deign to look up from their BlackBerrys) and they nod...

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To Tech or Not to Tech, That Is the Question

(6) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 8:36 PM

David Pogue, tech guru and columnist for the New York Times, recently wrote an article about his six-year-old son's iPad addiction. I was laughing to myself while reading it because I can relate to the constant requests to become entranced by the flashing lights and bright colors, and...

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Raise Your Hand If You Have Kindergarten Jitters

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 2:25 PM

As the end of August approaches and another fun, sun-filled summer comes to a close, "back to school" has a brand new meaning for me. My son is starting kindergarten. He went from a baby to a boy in what seems like the blink of an eye and as the...

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Why Is It So Difficult to Ask for Help?

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 6:17 PM

As someone who considers herself to be very self-sufficient and independent, asking for help doesn't come naturally to me. Although those in my inner circle are accustomed to my obstinacy, my desire to do things myself still elicits eye rolls whenever an offer to help is met with the usual,...

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Answering Those Tough Questions From Little Kids

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 10:57 AM

As parents, we've all been in the situation where we're talking to our kids and then out of the blue, they catch us off guard with a question that we're not sure how to respond to. We may be able to get away with stammering through an answer in the...

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Giving Thanks: 7 Ways To Teach Kids

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 10:13 AM

We're in a recession, the economy is in shambles and unemployment rates are at an all-time high. Add the frenzy around the H1N1 virus onto that and we're left with a current societal state of doom and gloom. Although it can be very difficult to seek out that silver lining...

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Stop, Drop and Pay Attention

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2009 | 1:22 PM

It's amazing what comes out of the mouths of babes. My son recently said two things in particular that made me laugh out loud and marvel at the ingenuity of a young mind. First, on a dreary day, he blithely commented, "Rain is the cloud's pee," then several days later...

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Am I Doing This Parenting Thing Right?

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 2:13 PM

It's an age-old question that moms (and dads, but mostly moms) ask themselves on a daily basis -- am I doing this right? Whether it's about disciplining tactics or sleep training or if the organic cheez-puffs are really that much better for your kids, motherhood to most is a type...

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The Reality of Post-Baby Body Bounceback

(5) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 4:24 PM

Pregnancy and childbirth puts women's bodies through a tremendous amount of physical change and stress. For nine months, we must endure all the rigors of pregnancy and the many unpleasant symptoms that can accompany it -- heartburn, stretch marks, back aches and swelling, to name a few. After the baby...

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Six Lessons I Learned From My First Year of Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2009 | 9:36 AM

When my husband and I got married in 2001, we had already been dating for six years, were living together and for all intents and purposes, were a married couple -- or at least acting like one. Although we had experienced matrimonial bliss before the matrimony, it wasn't until we...

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Tips for Raising Environmentally Friendly Kids

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2009 | 11:34 AM

Our world is at an environmental tipping point. Rainforests are being decimated, endangered animals are creeping towards extinction and global warming is a stark reality. It's not a pretty picture, but thankfully, because of activists who have brought awareness of environmental issues to the forefront, an empowered and ever burgeoning...

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Getting Over My Fear Of Pink

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 7:11 PM

It has probably taken me about two years, just about how long my daughter has been on this Earth, to get used to the color pink. Having never been a 'girly girl,' I'm just not particularly fond of the color. At least prior to her arrival, I always had the...

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