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.

valuable flair!

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.


Apr
24
answered Should I clean my newborn's umbilical cord stump or leave it be?
Apr
22
comment How do you you encourage siblings to share their toys?
+1 for the use of a very evident tool, the timer -- and for "not sharing, but taking turns".
Apr
22
comment How do I get my overachiever to accept her mistakes and live up to her abilities?
Interesting story. But where's your answer to the question?
Apr
22
comment How do you handle a teacher that teaches pseudo science?
+1 for critical thinking skills. With today's media, being critical is more important than ever. And that needs to be learned.
Apr
21
comment What are some hacks and gadgets for a soon-to-be dad?
GTD = Getting Things Done, a task- and time management methodology.
Apr
21
comment What are some hacks and gadgets for a soon-to-be dad?
Also, having a smartphone with a (video) camera is great because it's more often with you. The camera in the iPhone 4 is excellent and also has good HD video; in the iPhone 3G not quite good enough and no video.
Apr
21
comment What are some hacks and gadgets for a soon-to-be dad?
+1 for a video camera! There are so many memorable but fleeting moments! I bought my wife a watertight compact camera when she was pregnant, and it's awesome to go the beach or the pool and bringing that camera. It's easily worth the slight premium for watertightness! I think our camera cost only about €180. In hindsight, paying even more for a good watertight compact camera would have been wise. I can't stress this enough!!
Apr
21
comment How do you stop a toddler from trying to get into bed with her parents in the middle of the night?
IMHO small children don't understand exceptions and also have no concept of time. I'd prefer absolute consistency, and that also means to exceptions and no "only 5 mins".
Apr
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do you stop a toddler from trying to get into bed with her parents in the middle of the night?
Apr
21
comment What are some do's and dont's for an effective bedtime ritual?
tough love; but effective.
Apr
20
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
20
comment How can we help my pre-schooler get over his initial shyness when we have guests?
"once he has come out he is completely changed [...], he will be extremely friendly and talkative." This doesn't sound like a boy who is prefers to avoid socializing - he just needs some time.
Apr
20
comment What are some age-appropriate tasks that my pre-schooler can do around the house?
+1 for not thinking in an adult context.
Apr
20
comment What are some age-appropriate tasks that my pre-schooler can do around the house?
That's admirable of him! How old is he? --> will affect usefulness of the answers given.
Apr
20
comment How can we help my pre-schooler get over his initial shyness when we have guests?
Well in that sense, "time out" is more or less what I suggested anyway, though I meant it as an up-front choice rather than a reaction. But it sounds like the same idea - not a punishment in this context.
Apr
19
answered How can we help my pre-schooler get over his initial shyness when we have guests?
Apr
18
comment What features should I look for in an infant or toddler bath tub?
You're right. Brett asks for specific products, which is against the site idea. Brett: can you rephrase your question so that it's more a question of what aspects to consider, rather than specific products?
Apr
18
answered What features should I look for in an infant or toddler bath tub?
Apr
18
comment Everything my son draws is abstract. Is this a problem?
How old is he now?
Apr
17
comment Is it important to encourage children to experience historic events?
@Lennart, if it's the wedding of your own country's crown prince then YES it's historical! :-) (I'm referring to the Danish royal wedding in 2004 where I sadly had to work; not the upcoming UK one.)