Torben Gundtofte-Bruun

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Hello, world!

I'm a father of one pre-schooler and one toddler. My stake in this site is to learn from you, and also to contribute as much as I can!

Based on my own childhood and parenthood, my specialties are (among others): twins, languages, and international aspects. For the record, I'm an identical twin and married to a fraternal twin. I speak 4 languages fluently and I've lived in 5 countries (Europe, Japan).

I enjoy using my experience to help others. That is why I am active at even more SE sites in the StackExchange network on topics that interest me.

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Outside of this site, I'm something of a Swiss army knife both professionally and in private, able to juggle a wild variety of things at once. I've worked in every kind of business that uses software. I'm also very good with tools, both IT and mechanic. Whether you need software design or assembling some IKEA furniture, I'm your man for the job. I'm generally soft-spoken but driven by clear principles.

To learn more about me, see my Google+ profile.


Jun
11
comment When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?
I'll put it on my todo list then :-)
Jun
11
answered Is a fetus's level of activity a good way to predict their personality?
Jun
11
comment When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?
While we don't have tons of sweets lying around, we do have a sweets drawer in the kitchen (mostly chocolate for my wife, and liquorice for me). I'd love to be a good role model and cut things down to five bites a week, but that's not happening. I know my mother forbade anything sweet for my first several years, and my first taste of sugar got me seriously hooked. That's something I want to avoid for my son, but not sure how to go about achieving that. How can I teach my toddler that sweets are okay but only in moderation - that's perhaps better in a separate question?
Jun
11
comment When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?
+1 for examples of sensible rules. I'm sure we would introduce rules along those lines, bur it's good to hear from others also.
Jun
11
comment When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?
@afrazier: that's a good and valid answer; pity to only have it as a comment!
Jun
11
comment When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?
Rather than open a discussion in the comments, I have now created a question on spices. Feel free to move your comments there if you like.
Jun
11
asked When should we allow children to experience spices in food?
Jun
11
comment What are some good safety rules to have when you own a pool?
But CPR performed by people who... is still a lot better than seeing your child die because you didn't even attempt to rescue him/her. If you feel that CPR skills deteriorate over time, take the 2-day class every year!
Jun
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
10
revised When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?
Edited for clarity.
Jun
10
comment When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?
I hoped the stated premise would answer that. We're not avoiding sugar simply "because it's sugar". Our goal is to avoid "junk" foods because we fear it results in pickiness. I know that I eat too much candy, and I'd like to avoid that my son picks up such a bad habit, at least while he's small.
Jun
10
asked When to allow children to consume sugar/candy/sweets/junk?
Jun
10
answered what is the best way to potty train a little boy?
Jun
9
comment What are the pros and cons of having an advanced student skip Kindergarten?
+1 for emphasizing the social aspects. Especially during childhood, this should not be sacrificed lightly.
Jun
9
comment How can I help my kids to sleep comfortably (and safely) on an overnight drive?
To help convince your wife, remember this: any moron can get his hands on car keys, and most do. Even if you're the best and safest driver in the world and wouldn't make a mistake in a million miles, chances are high that you'll get hit by any one of those morons. If you're lucky, that moron is driving a small car. If you're unlucky, he's drunk-driving a 20-ton lorry toward you - and he just fell asleep... Traffic is dangerous, regardless how careful you are!
Jun
9
answered How can I help my kids to sleep comfortably (and safely) on an overnight drive?
Jun
9
revised How can I help my kids to sleep comfortably (and safely) on an overnight drive?
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Jun
9
comment Is (supervised) play time alone beneficial for an infant/toddler?
Like almost anything else, I think anything is okay in moderation. Introversion is only a bad thing if it's very pronounced.
Jun
8
answered How can I prevent diaper leaks with my newborn?
Jun
8
comment Will getting child care from a non-native English speaker impact my child's language development?
I think guidoism's argument is exactly why I'd avoid staff with strong accents: if immigrants' children learn good English because they spend significant time immersed in it, then the reverse could also happen: a child learns poor English because of the immersion in the daycare.