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.


Mar
11
comment When can I start “doing the air plane”?
@Beofett: me too; me neither :-)
Mar
9
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
28
comment Why does my wife say our son is so cute that she wants to eat him?
@SteveHHH it sounds like what you're really after here is the etymology of the phrase. This site's focus is practical advice on parenting activities. Even though the phrase exists in many languages, I suggest that you pose this question over at English language & usage.
Feb
28
comment What safety gate can I use at the top of my stairs?
@DanBeale: I've added an update to address this. Better now?
Feb
28
revised What safety gate can I use at the top of my stairs?
Added safe mounting tips.
Feb
28
comment Why does my wife say our son is so cute that she wants to eat him?
@SQB: sudo make me a sandwich
Feb
28
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Why does my wife say our son is so cute that she wants to eat him?
Feb
24
comment What are the next steps after a twin mix-up has been discovered after several years?
@SQB: Quit messing with my mind :-)
Feb
24
comment What are the next steps after a twin mix-up has been discovered after several years?
@BillClark: Incidentally, fingerprint readers don't work with kids under ~6 years of age precisely because their fingerprint is too small to be reliably identified.
Feb
18
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Can anyone name this method for teaching children numbers and basic arithmetic?
Feb
18
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
7
comment Daddy daughter travel trip?
Doesn't have to be expensive - it could be a week-long tent trip in a national park, for instance. "Back to nature", plus marshmallows.
Feb
7
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
6
comment What is the best approach for teaching toddlers not to drop items off the table at meals?
FWIW we also use plastic tableware for the kids because we don't want our nice tableware to be broken. Some things are expensive/impossible to replace.
Feb
6
revised Have there been long-term studies on the effects of separating twins at school?
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Feb
5
comment Mastering a foreign language without staying in a country to which the language is native
Another user recently mentioned in chat that it takes at least 20% of the child's waking hours in a given week of hearing a second language spoken fluently to even get the child conversational, so even a good non-native English speaker would have to be very consistent.
Feb
4
comment What are some strategies for raising a bilingual child?
@Annoyed: let's discuss in the Parenting Chat room instead.
Feb
4
comment What are some strategies for raising a bilingual child?
@Annoyed: Only knowing a few words isn't bad but it's not useful either. I can teach you five words in Japanese but what good will that do for you? Learning words only makes sense if you can use them, so I believe you gain nothing if you can't (correctly!) teach whole sentences.
Feb
4
awarded  Guru
Feb
3
comment When do twins know their own names?
I would argue that name recognition may come even sooner for twins than for singletons precisely because there's another one around, and there's a conspicuous pattern about when their/mine/our name(s) get mentioned.