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[Russian] Preschool children adjust to vegetarianism
« on: January 14, 2012, 11:12:43 AM »
Some are born vegetarian, some become vegetarian, and some have vegetarianism thrust upon them.

“Breakfast: green buckwheat soaked in hot water, herbal tea. Lunch: cauliflower soup, brown rice. Afternoon snack: dried fruit.” This is a typical daily menu for the children who attend the Tina-Sad vegetarian preschool.

Only a few years ago, school founder and director Tina Trusova worked at a Moscow publishing house and was bringing up her three children on typical meals like borshch and roast beef. Today she is a devout vegetarian.

“I haven’t eaten meat or fish for six years. And since last summer, I have been more and more into eating raw food. My husband and children cook their own food; they do not share my ideas about eating.” But Trusova’s students, who are between two and four years old, are embracing the raw food philosophy.
Roman Avdeyev, the owner of the Moscow Credit bank, is a vegan and is raising his family according to that lifestyle. Roman and his wife are bringing up 20 children – some are their biological offspring while others are adopted. “Upbringing is all about coercion,” Roman said. “Parents have to make many decisions for their children – including regarding what to eat.  I personally think killing animals for fun, to indulge your culinary whims, is unacceptable. I try to instill this in my children.” But Avdeyev has two sons who do not live at home, and they are not vegetarians. “It’s their choice.” He also does not mind when his children are given sausages at school or kindergarten. He thinks it is much more important for the children to socialize with their peers and learn how to act around those who do not share all their beliefs. “I don’t want them to set themselves apart from society. If they eat a piece of meat, nothing terrible will happen. The ascetic monk Tikhon Zadonsky once dropped in on some monks during the fasting period to find them eating fish soup. The monks were scared of what was coming. He took a spoon, sat at the table with them and said: ‘Don’t be afraid. Love is more important than fasting.’ I preach a similar faith. I tell my children what is good and what is bad. But if they stumble or follow a different path when they grow up I will not pressure them.”
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