At the beginning of our family life I had the illusion that I would be able to protect my children from the outside world—I would give them an Orthodox upbringing, they would watch only the cartoons that I myself would choose, etc... And then I realized that this would not work.
When I was building my new house, I had an idea of making a separate room for each kid. But a wise man told me: “Absolutely not! In this case, a brother and a sister won't ever be in touch with one another.”
Disabled people can get professions, but it is hard for them to find work. A huge layer of problems falls on their shoulders—they are not loved; other people don’t want to see them and aren’t happy with them.
These parents of nine children have gained very interesting experience by comparing the attitudes of society towards large families in different parts of Russia. According to them, external hardships helped them make a truly strong family.
Children do an invaluable favor to their parents by helping them see their own sins. It is very difficult to look into your soul and understand your sins. But as you look at your children, you see that their faults are your faults.