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What Are Russian Parents Like? Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

woman holding a baby

Culture encompasses all sorts of attitudes and conventions, and one important part of culture is parenting. While everyone’s family is different, there are some common themes you may see in many Russian families. Reluctant To Praise Their Children Russian parents are as proud of their children’s achievements as anyone else. However, they are less likely…

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Married With Children: Family in Russia Posted by on Apr 13, 2015

bride and groom

Family is one of these things that we often assume to be universal all around the world. Especially thinking about industrialis/zed countries like Russia, people from other such nations expect a typical family to be similar to what they are used to. This, of course, may not be true in all cases. It is hard to…

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Gender Dynamics in Russia Posted by on Jul 14, 2014

Gender dynamics in Russia are a curious mix of patriarchy, old-fashioned chivalry, and female empowerment. Women are expected to look and act a certain way; at the same time, they are a significant presence in industries considered male elsewhere. Eye Candy Women One of the first things visitors to Russia notice is how attractive the…

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Cinderellas Among Us – Household Chores in Russian Posted by on Mar 14, 2012

In the US there is a good saying “woman’s work is never done”. Or as Russian women might say делам по дому конца краю не видно (lit. can’t see the end to house work). So what is considered женская работа (woman’s work) in Russian households? Let’s find out and, since house chores have to be…

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Not So Nuclear Russian Family Posted by on Mar 1, 2012

If you have the time, you might like the Russian-language sitcom Сваты. Much of it is available on YouTube. It’s a good sitcom to practice conversational Russian as well as to try to figure out who’s who in this crazy extended family. Want to play a quick game of associations? I’m going to say (ok…

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Time to Visit Your Тёща Posted by on Feb 21, 2012

Don’t take this song (or this post for that matter) very seriously. Not all husbands experience intense dislike of their mothers-in-law and not all mothers-in-law can’t stand their sons-in-law.  This week Russians celebrate the festival of Масленица (Maslenitsa). We wrote a bit about it on this blog before in this post, this one and this…

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