Thanks for the invite +DJ Waldow
(thanks for excluding me +Stephanie Wonderlin
:). I only have three chances to make a first impression, so I'll try to make this a solid post.ME & MY FAMILY
I'm a marketer at Red Hat and have been known to frequently employ the use of sarcasm. Blog at chris-moody.com
and tweet @cnmoody. I have a 16.5 month old son named Branch (pic below). My wife, Nellary, is a childhood development expert (that's her career - focused on kids with autism), so I've been learning a lot about what is developmentally appropriate and shaping my Dad life around that. One of our favorite toys at the moment is a whopping $9.99 at Ikea - a sweet train set. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30064359/
I'm sharing this for a couple of reasons.
1. It totally isn't 2.0, but we are.
2. There is no right or wrong way to use it - lots of configurations, and trains can crash too.
3. There are tons of sounds to work on and words to teach (train, choo choo, tunnel, ramp, hill, loop, track, etc.)
4. The trains have magnets, which means only one side will connect with another one - it is pretty teachable.HOME GADGETS
I <3 DJ and Stephanie and will try to pass along anything that could be of value to like-minded folks. We're also building a house and I'm a gadget dork, so I will share anything we choose to do there.
eg. Nest thermostats http://nest.com/
Simplisafe wireless alarm system http://simplisafe.com/
Outlets that charge USB devices http://www.amazon.com/FastMac-ACE-7702-U-Socket-Decorator-TruePower/dp/B0002TG4N6APP FOR PARENTShttps://www.choremonster.com/
is amazing. It gamifies chores for your kids and is pretty fun to use. Our lil' man isn't old enough for that yet, but it could help out some of us with older kids.