It is important for me to say that my host mother shows love and caring to her daughters and her daughters love her back. They are a very healthy seeming family, according to Georgian standards. The “hitting” is not a heavy handed beating that produces any sort of physical harm and the little host sister whimpering and crying is more act than anything. The general situation is difficult to explain in a way that does not completely set a Westerner’s nerves on edge.

I just need it to be known that all members of my host family show a lot of love and caring towards one another despite the yelling and slapping.