Each new day brings its own changes, many events take place, some of which we may not always be ready for. A new day means new joys, resentments, stress, new acquaintances and communication with many people. The pace of life has now changed a lot and has become much faster.
In order to always remain strong and be able to withstand all possible difficulties that occur in life, it is necessary that close and dear people are always nearby.
It is necessary to have someone nearby who can lend a shoulder and lend a helping hand, support and share the joy. In this case, only the family can become the very help and support that no person can do without.
In Serbia, they understand as well as possible how important it is to always have relatives and friends nearby. In this country, people had to go through a lot, and therefore, from the very childhood, children are brought up with love, warmth and an understanding of how important it is for close people to always be together, and mutual understanding reigned in the family.
A Serbian family usually has no more than two or three children, and the first child in the family appears quite early. However, it is desirable that the family is already sufficiently secured financially when a child appears in the family. In Serbia, the upbringing of children is started already when the child is still in the mother's stomach.
It is believed that at this time the child can already perceive everything that is said to him. Expectant mothers start talking to their babies, telling them stories and singing songs. In Serbia, there are very beautiful songs and the Serbs themselves sing a lot, so a child should know and hear the beauty of national songs even before his birth.
The birth of a child is a holiday in any family, and in Serbia it is a celebration to which relatives, friends, loved ones are invited, all this is accompanied by rituals. The first birthday of the baby, his first tooth and first step, as well as christenings are celebrated no less magnificently.
In some villages, the use of rituals for each of these events is still preserved, but in cities, in most cases, it is customary to celebrate all these events at the table with friends and relatives and give gifts to the child.
Almost all Serbian women breastfeed their babies until they are one year old. However, in the past, children were usually not weaned even until they were five years old, especially if the child was sick or suffered from weak immunity.
For Serbs, the birth of a boy is preferable to a girl who is perceived as a stranger. Boys are the successors of the family, fathers can be proud that their family will not die and that the son will continue the male line. Boys even after birth are dressed in their father's shirt.
Serbs approach the upbringing of children a little differently than other peoples. Children do not feel parental strictness, they are more free and can do whatever they want. For children, there is almost no such thing as a daily routine, when you need to get up or go to bed at a certain time, eat or go for a walk. The reason for this upbringing is the Serbian women themselves, who have a very soft and calm character.
Mothers in Serbia cannot stay with their baby for very long, because parental leave lasts only a year. It is possible to extend it to three years, but the next two years are not paid by the state, unless the employer wants to provide payment for parental leave. However, most women go to work after a year.
In this case, grandparents become nannies until the child reaches the age when he can be sent to kindergarten. Already in kindergarten, the child begins to receive education, and much attention is paid primarily to music, drawing and foreign languages.
All children learn English, starting from kindergarten, and even parents themselves can begin to give some knowledge of foreign languages to their children. Further, the baton is already taken over by the school, where they already gain deeper knowledge of a foreign language, as well as higher educational institutions.
Quite often, Serbs leave their country and go abroad to work; in these cases, knowledge of foreign languages helps a lot. Many parents also try to send their children abroad, at least for a short time, so that they can quickly get used to and get more practice of a foreign language.
Parting with their parents, although not for long, is a test for children and for the parents themselves, but it helps children quickly get used to a foreign environment, which will be very useful in the future when they often have to leave for other countries for work.
If a Serbian family goes abroad to work and stays there permanently, then relatives try to visit as often as possible so as not to lose family and family ties. The whole family must also gather for family holidays such as weddings, christenings, and the birth of children.
Christening is one of the most solemn holidays in Serbia. Godfathers are chosen from neighbors or friends, but not relatives. They may even be the godparents of the child.
There is such a sign that the child will do the same in his life as his godfather and therefore the godfather is chosen very carefully. This should be a respected person who has a prestigious job and a good profession. Godmothers become family members and very often can visit their godson and give him gifts.
Children in Serbia live with their parents until they can start, live independently, and are not financially independent. The daughter leaves the parental home when she gets married.
However, even after children have their own families and children, they continue to listen to what adults are telling them. Parents are always ready to help and support their children, even if they are already fully on their feet and can live independently.