Childbearing and childrearing practices in Russia

Childbearingand childrearing practices in Russia


Childrenin Russia are treasured and protected by their families. Regardlessof their economic status and social standings, the Russian parents dotheir utmost to provide their children with special gifts, treat, andloving attention. The mothers in Russia play a crucial role incaring, raising and teaching their children, and most of the motherstake this as a near sacred role.

“Helicopterparent” is a phrase use to describe the Russian mothers who show afierce dedication to their children. The Russian mothers are known todote their children and make it their responsibility to provide theirchildren with best music lessons, best clothing, and regular tastytreats. This is a critical practice in the Russian culture since ithelps to improve the relationship between the children and theirparents since they experience better parental love.

Asobserved, numerous children in the U.S. wait for Santa Claus and theDutch children wait for Nicholas. The Russian children zealously waitfor Father Frost, who comes with gifts in abundance yearly on January7th. The gifts include the traditional Russian hand-carved toys,sports gear, and video games. Typically, Christmas and the New Yearare primarily for children in Russia (Liamputtong,2007).


Accordingto the Russian socialist theory, child-rearing was the work for boththe family and the society as a whole. While the parents givepersonal attention to the children, the state in the form of childrenpolitical clubs and schools is expected to provide approved academiceducation and also physical training. Also, the state determines thechildren’s opportunities and career paths for the advancededucation.

Additionally,in the Soviet era, the religious practices were forbidden. Thechildren did not receive any religious training and instead they werefocused on vigorous sports, strenuous academics and it was mandatoryto participate in the age-specific political programs. Currently,children can participate in the Sunday schools, and they can also bebaptized while they are young (Teplova,2007).


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Teplova,T. (2007). Welfare state transformation, childcare, and women`s workin Russia.&nbspSocialPolitics: International Studies in Gender, State &amp Society,14(3),284-322.