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question about Indian children
Posted January 8th, 2013 - 12:45 pm by from Muenster, Germany (Permalink)
Dear Indian Couchsurfers,

My name is Aline Gebele and I am studying psychology in Münster (Germany).
I love to travel (see my CS profile:-)) and I am very interested in different cultures. Therefore, I am writing my master thesis as part of a cross-cultural study (India-Germany). It’s about prosocial behavior (help, comfort and cooperate) of 1 ½ -2 ½ years old Indian and German children (18-30 months).

Unfortunately, I can’t be in India till July or august to gain a real glimpse of Indian education, the life and culture. So I would be really really happy, if you could answer shortly the 4 questions below briefly what you spontaneously think, without thinking between, cross the castes and religions, girls or boys, just your own experience.

I spontaneously thought of CouchSurfing, as I have made so many good and positive experiences with Couchsurfers all over the world. Unfortunately, I only have a few Indian friends (most of them born in Germany), so I decide to write to you on CS. I hope you have time to understand and answer me shortly :-). Of course you can answer me also in a e-mail: a_gebe01@uni-muenster.de

I would be really happy and could gain an insight of an about 1 ½ -2 ½ years Indian old boy or girl.

1) Which whom spend 1 ½ -2 ½ years old children most of the time? (for example: parents, grandparents, siblings, ...)
2) With what materials play 1 ½ -2 ½ years old children often? (expamples: wood, plastics, cans, sand, stones ...)
3) What are games that one plays with 1 ½ -2 ½ years old children together? (examples: games with balls, dolls, ...)
4) Do 1 ½ -2 ½ years old children help in the house? If so, for example?

Thank you very very much, I really appreciate your help!!!

Best greetings from Germany,

Posted January 8th, 2013 - 3:21 pm by from Bangalore, India (Permalink)
1. Grandparents, help(specially appointed for baby care), parents. In that sequence. This is mostly in urban families. In the villages, grandparents are mostly responsible for taking care of the young ones
2. Plastics for urban kids. Rocks, mud, sticks, insects, pets(cats, dogs, chicken, dung beetle) for kids who do not have access to barbie dolls and lego
3. X-box mini? No, i have not seen city kids play with balls, shoe lace, wooden trucks, chasing butterflies, scaring chicken around yard, plucking flowers in the garden, hide n seek, etc
4. Help in the house? U mean child labour? City kids r too fat for any work. I mean their parents think eating and crapping are too tiresome for their kids. In the rural areas, such young kids r not expected to help out around the household but they do run errands to pick up stuff from the lonely grocer at the village center, setup dinner plates on the floor (no dining tables, no cutlery), carry fresh milk to the dairy, watch the cat from stealing milk in the kitchen while the mother is multi-tasking, carry drinking water to grandparents, goats and are expected to entertain their parents after a hard day's work in the fields.

Posted January 9th, 2013 - 6:31 am from Kochi, India
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Posted January 14th, 2013 - 8:38 pm by from Muenster, Germany (Permalink)
Thank you very much for your help!