Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Kids in Cuenca
I had to wonder? Is it a DNA sort of thing or is it how the children are raised in Ecuador? So I went right to the source; I asked several Ecuadorians what they thought made the difference. They all agreed that it’s the way children are treated starting as infants. You often see mothers nursing their children in public—usually very discreetly. So is breastfeeding the answer?
I’m sure that the mother/child nurturing relationship is the beginning, but there’s so much more. Children in Ecuador are grateful for the smallest things. When I’m on the bus, I watch mothers swaddle their babies around their back in brightly colored blankets, grandmothers doting on their grandkids, and siblings often playing—not fighting—with each other. That’s not to say, these children are “perfect,” but the noticeable difference is too prevalent not to take notice.
Many expats offer to volunteer their time in Ecuador: some teach English in private schools, others work in orphanages, and some help children with handicaps. As “guests” in this country, we want to do our part to give back as a way to say “thank you.”
I must warn you: working with kids in Cuenca is contagious, so you just might find yourself doing it full-time!
Until next time…hasta luego!