We all love, communicate with friends, relatives, colleagues at work, also like to go to visit and celebrate with friends and family holidays and birthdays. The concept of the family for us can be very different, but basically we understand the family as a community of all people close to us.
Families in the Netherlands are closed cells, which include two spouses, their children and closest relatives, parents.
For a society in the Netherlands, the family is important, and the fact that families stand apart says that they simply want to pass on to their generation all family traditions and religious customs in their original form, as they were from the very beginning of their history.
Women in the Netherlands are actively involved in feminist movements, but still they have not been able to ensure that their rights are equated with the rights of men. In work, women always occupy a lower position and receive a much lower salary than men working in the same place.
Most women have the status of housewives. The man, thus, remains the head of the family, the chief earner, who must support his family, and the business of the woman at this time left at home to keep the house clean and in order and raise children.
All weekends and holidays in the Netherlands it is customary to spend with the family or go out of town or stay at home, but always only together. None of the spouses leave the house alone on weekends or on vacation.
The approach of parents is different for parenting: fathers spend more time with their sons, and women, of course, do not worship souls in their daughters. However, the father makes a greater contribution to education by holding children in strict rigor, although children are not punished in the Netherlands.
Education of children is of great importance. In the Netherlands there is compulsory education of children in primary schools under 16 years, then children study in higher education.
In the Netherlands, there are a lot of different educational institutions that are aimed at different sections of the population, besides many teachers open their private schools, where the level of knowledge acquisition is much higher, since each child is treated individually.
In addition, there are many schools in the Netherlands for people with different religions: Muslim, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish schools, where children are immediately taught to love and respect for their religion and respect for traditions.
Training is divided into three types, which include the basic secondary four-year education, the general secondary of the higher type, the professional four-year and six-year pre-university, where you can choose one direction.
As a result of the fact that the most diverse religious trends prevail in the Netherlands, each group is kept somewhat apart, and each group has its own traditions and customs, which they cherish and cherish.
There are also mixed marriages, but this happens very rarely, mostly the inhabitants of the Netherlands are trying to find a couple of their ethnic group and the same stratum of the population.
Parents usually help young families to purchase a separate home or arrange a new home for them as a wedding gift, equipping it with everything necessary. It is very rare to find a family in the Netherlands that consists of parents and their adult children.
Young people try to leave their parents’ home faster and start their own independent life. However, even in this case, children acquire housing near their parents’ homes, so that they can always come to visit or help their relatives and friends.
Relations in the family between spouses in the Netherlands, as mentioned above, are complicated, the spouses are not equal to each other, each of them fulfills its functions in family relations.
A man stands on a step above the woman and women have to put up with this, because in the end the woman is the keeper of the hearth, which must always carefully guard the warmth and love in the house, maintain mutual understanding between all family members.
The daughter-in-law and mother-in-law are not very close, as her mother-in-law is constantly monitoring how well her son’s wife is managing the farm, how she brings up the children and how she treats her beloved son. As a consequence, a woman is always under the vigilant control of either her husband or her mother-in-law.
However, in other cases, the relationship between husband and wife in the Netherlands is quite good, the husband can arrange a pleasant evening for his wife, a romantic trip to the restaurant or please her with a pleasant gift.
He also shows his love in every possible way, although it can not be said that men in the Netherlands are very emotional. They try to restrain their feelings, as well as women.
The inhabitants of the Netherlands are very hospitable and always welcome guests. In the Netherlands it is customary to treat guests to the best dishes and drinks. Meetings with friends are always in a warm and friendly atmosphere. In addition, very often such meetings with friends can take place in cafes or restaurants.
However, due to the fact that the man in the family has to work alone and earn the whole family, such walks in restaurants and other institutions are very rare, you have to save and spend money on things more important for the family than for such expensive walks .
Homestays in the Netherlands, too, are not very lavish, the main focus is on major religious holidays, which are enough for every religion. Then, in every family, real feasts are held, on which the traditions inherent in one or another religion are fulfilled.
Children should also take an active part in all religious festivals in order to understand their significance for the family more. Children can not take on home holidays, so that they do not get underfoot, but religion means a lot for the Dutch, so every member of the family must be present.