Children Sleeping

Oct 13th, 2006, in Asides, by

Carri from Los Angeles wants to know about childrens’ sleeping habits in Indonesia.

My name is Carri. I’m a screenwriter in Los Angeles, California doing research for a TV program on the sleeping habits of children all over the world, ages 6 to 12. I’d like to include children from Indonesia. I’m wondering if you could help me. I’m specifically looking for where children sleep (In the same bedroom with other siblings? On cots? In beds? In a thatched hut?) What their bedtime rituals are. What they dream about. Is there anyone who can point me in the right direction and provide some colorful anecdotes? This is meant to be a sweet piece on children, for children.
I’m at thank you.

5 Comments on “Children Sleeping”

  1. Molisan Tono says:

    these days, most children is avoiding sleep or nap during day time. too many technologies for them to play with it’s parents role play here to manage their children time.

    from my “uncle-ling” experiences, both my nephew are prefer having short nap and play during their TV time. in Indonesia, TV time for child ages is usually start from 3 – 4.30 pm.

    this short nap help them to sleep earlier at night.

    from what i heard, most of their dreams is wishing to have extraordinary vacation with parents, and also having great play at some new fun place.

    where they sleep? on their bed…

  2. Mohammed Khafi says:

    With such an appalingly wide disparity between the “have’s” and the “have not’s” in Indonesia, I think Carri is likely to find children at one end of the spectrum sleeping in air conditioned comfort on a bed that cost more than the average persons yearly earnings, to those sleeping on the pavement or in bus shelters by the side of busy main roads. I don’t think it would take much imagination to figure out what the latter are dreaming about!


  3. Tomaculum says:

    Children are able to learn without prejudices. If they have the ability to learn about other cultures, unless by watching such TV-Programmes, they may develope interests to those other culture and maybe those interests can produce the ambition to learn and to understand them.
    In Europe we can watch many of such programmes on TV and my children learn very. very much about other nations and cultures by watching those programmes. These are one of the groundworks of their tolerance, accompanied by reasonable dialogues with us parents. The essential precondition is off course our open-mindedness as parents.
    One little step to cultural and faith understanding, but one important step. Good project, Carri. Go on!

  4. Bas says:

    Most of Indonesian children don’t sleep much. I have been living in 4 Indonesian families and in all of them, children were sleeping at the time they wanted to sleep (just the same way children choose the TV program they want to watch). They very rarely sleep before 12.00 PM And have to wake up very early in the morning to go to school.

    few months ago, a survey showed Indonesian people sleep the fewest hours in Asia. They rank second or third in the world, I have forgoten. I am sure that’s also the case for children.

    But of course there are also families, mostly non Muslims, who raise their children with more discipline.

  5. MbakAditya says:

    Bas, I bet you thought your balls dropped out of your bum too??

    Indonesians can and will sleep on a seagull’s lip. You are talking rubbish and clearly don’t have kids/

    Not a teacher are you? would explain why some of your charges can’t get to sleep at night.

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