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A long-time game developer and professional software developer. You can find my games on my casual gaming portal, Deen Games. You can read my C# articles at C# City and my Java articles at Java Eggs.

You may also be interested in what I'm cooking up on GitHub.


Mar
11
comment How to teach a toddler to identify colors correctly?
+1 this is a good answer. Kids are very perceptive of attention, and my 3yo intentionally gives me the wrong answer to some questions because that gets a better reaction out of me.
Sep
25
comment The noise of his children playing makes a parent tired and glad to leave for work
The latter is actually courtesy of the British Government, c/o WW2, and popularized recently (according to Wikipedia). You can remove the "probably" part :)
Apr
12
comment How do you teach young kids to defend themselves?
nope; some parents try to teach their kids, but by and large, every kid watches out for themselves -- with some older kids sometimes looking out for some younger kids.
Apr
12
comment How do you teach young kids to defend themselves?
Not a bad answer; but it's not easy to always have someone around. He has around 15 cousins, and there are not enough adults to supervise when it becomes more than 4-5 kids in the same house at the same time. Hence my dillema.
Apr
12
comment How do you teach young kids to defend themselves?
@Jon Others agree with HedgeMage on this -- hence why his comment is +2.
Apr
12
comment What methods are effective for teaching vocabulary to young children?
@David non-library books run out quickly; we have boxes, but he's gone through all of them.
Apr
11
comment What methods are effective for teaching vocabulary to young children?
@David we're already prolific library borrowers. Cheers
Apr
9
comment What methods are effective for teaching vocabulary to young children?
Interesting note about bi-lingualism. I know my son's first/second language (Urdu) quite poorly, but other relatives excel at it.
Apr
9
comment How do you teach young kids to defend themselves?
Excellent advice; STOP and NO seem to be the way to go. But how do you prevent this from back-firing -- for example, when washing his hands after going to the washroom, he says NO or STOP? Or likewise if he's say, cranky/sleepy, but refusing to sleep?
Apr
9
comment When should kids be allowed to walk/bike to school alone?
Your child should also know their full name, address, and phone number. Can't let them wander around without that -- most kids are smart enough around 5-6 to memorize this information.
Apr
9
comment How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?
Ultimately, this is what worked for me. Cheers for the great answer.
Apr
7
comment How can I brush my toddlers' teeth when he won't let me?
It's pretty common. My toddler does it too. Somehow, we've convinced him to let us do it; just practice and patience, I guess.
Apr
1
comment How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?
@torbengb post it, that may well be THE answer.
Apr
1
comment How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?
At 2.5 years old? You must be joking.
Mar
31
comment How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?
Doesn't work. Tried this already; he always returns to the outlet.
Mar
31
comment How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?
As mentioned in the question, my son is two and a half. This is not going to work, and it won't prevent him from sticking a screwdriver in it later.
Mar
31
comment How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?
Didn't work. He's impervious to positive and negative punishment.
Mar
31
comment How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?
@Carmi excellent suggestion! I will look into it. (Maybe you want to make this an answer so I can up-vote it.) ALso, can you provide a link to a page describing safety breakers? Googling didn't work.
Mar
31
comment How can I stop my toddler from playing with electrical outlets and plugs?
Nice, but not useful when he's not at home (suggestion #1). As for suggestion #2 -- it's a kids book about a turtle, so it works, and I know he understands; he just doesn't listen. Maybe I'll try your repetition idea.
Mar
30
comment How do you handle bilingual education in a country where you do not speak the language natively?
I learned a second and third language at 20+, and while it took a while to learn to "hear" and pronounce sounds that didn't exist in English, I did it.