How Russian Parenting Differs From American Parenting

by Olivia Youngs

It's all too easy to get stuck in your own cultural bubble, especially as a parent who brings their children up in the same culture as themselves. But learning how people in other countries operate can be beneficial across the board. Take Russia, for example. American and Russian culture differ in many ways, especially when it comes to parenting their children. But just how does Russian parenting differ from American parenting? There are some significant differences that are interesting to consider.

Of course, it's dangerous to generalize any country into a single list of all-encompassing practices. Russia is almost twice the size of America, according to Nation Master, and so it makes sense that across the vast country parenting styles would differ, much like they do here in the United States.

In an effort to better understand fellow humans across the world —and maybe even learn a thing or two from their cultures —in important to learn then general overview of the "parenting culture" in Russia. Whether you've been to Russia, have a Russian heritage, or are just interested in learning from other cultures around the world, learning about Russian parenting styles can method of child-rearing that you may be used to.


Tradition Is More Important Than Innovation

Although the American parents find themselves adjusting to fit the trend, TIME noted that Russians are more prone to do things simply because it's the way they've always been done. Tradition is extremely important to their culture, and so their parenting styles are handing down from generation to generation.


There's No Such Thing As Bedtime

In America, parents are taught that an early bedtime for their kids equals well-rested children who are ready to tackle the new day. However, according to Fatherly, kids in Russia regularly stay up past 11 p.m. and are still expected to be awake and ready for school at 8 p.m. the next day.


The "Village" Helps With Parenting

In Russia, the phrase "it takes a village" couldn't be more accurate. The aforementioned article from TIME noted that people will always give up their seat on the metro for children or mothers. Conversely, they'll also readily pitch in their opinion if they don't approve of something you're doing.


Commitment And Discipline Are Mandatory

Russians take discipline and commitment very seriously. In America, if a child changes their mind about a sport or activity, they're usually able to make that decision on their own. According to Time Magazine, if you sign up for an activity in Russia, you stick to it. Disciplined practice is seen as an end in itself, not simply a suggestion or fun pastime.


You Can't Be Too Bundled Up

Americans under-stress the cold, letting kids decide when they want a jacket or coat on. If they're cold they'll let their mom know, right? In Russia, the opposite is the case. Although Motherboard noted inhabitants of the coldest city out there don't complain about the cold, they don't take it lightly either. Russians will often be seen bundling up their babies and taking them out to brave the cold at a young age, when Americans might prefer to just stay in.