Family traditions in typical Chilean family
Chile is the most popular country among Europeans in the whole South America and there are many reasons for that, but today we are talking about average Chilean family. Chile is multicultural country and depending on the culture or ethnic group the upbringing process and family traditions could be much different. We are talking about modern average Chilean family with European roots, which isliving in average Chilean city.
If you are guest in Chilean family and you are given food on the plate you have to eat the whole portion, otherwise it would be considered impolite and that you didn’t like the meal and you don’t want to offend the hostess, do you? If you didn’t finish the meal it is impolite to start the next dish. Answering cell phone during your meal is also impolite.
Most of Chilean traditional families used to have many children if the family even if the family could not really afford more they would have more. So, average Chilean family used to be quite big and it is not about the money. Young generation, however, is not in hurry to have children and get married and modern Chilean family has one or two kids. Husband and wife usually both work and bring family income together. It is popular for Chile to hire babysitter who will also clean the house, do laundry and other house duties.
Chilean family is really strong unity and reliable part of the society as divorces in Chile are very rare thing. Chilean sin general could be called family oriented. And it is not only about husband, wife and children – during weekend and holidays all the big family along with grandparents, nephews, aunts, brothers and sisters, cousins are gathering together at granny’s even if for this they have to drive half the country through. During this meeting the whole big united Chilean family has barbeque.
As for division of duties in the family it doesn’t seem very equal, but more in traditional way. Woman is preparing dishes and serving the table, while husband might either help her or not, but if he won’t it is ok with woman and she would not yell at him or the same as she wouldn’t be offended. There is slight attitude of the kind that man is the head of the family, but this is more about families that were created more that 15-20 years ago. Modern Chilean girls do not really seem enthusiastic to serve the man in either way.
Traditional family evening meal in Chilean family is something BIG. However, it could be not every day for so long time, but usually supper is few hours long, where they eat different dishes, drink wine, communicate, discuss problems and issues and have desert and communicate. I think traditional Chilean family supper is also big part of Chilean family attitude and Chilean culture in general.
Even though Chile is considered to be quite emancipated country, especially in terms of Latin America, but still many women would agreed to be a housewife rather than working equally to men under condition their husband earns enough for the whole family.
Chilean family is unique entity of the region, formed on the basis of European tradition with impact of local cultures, climate, traditions it still remains one of the most hospitable in the world. Chilean family could be a good example of mutual respect, love, honor and unity.