Parents typically teach their kids to be “like everyone else” and individualism, or strong opinions are not encouraged.
For example in United States it is customary for people to smile often, especially those working in customer service.
In Ukraine, smiles are only seen when something funny or entertaining is observed.
Because middle class Ukrainians can seldom afford nights out at restaurants, most celebrations take place at dining room tables in their apartments.
It is normal for neighbors to come knocking on doors asking for small items such as milk, butter or matches if they run out.
Even now, typical Ukrainian citizen has a hard time visiting Western Europe or United States due to difficulty in obtaining visa.