What we have discovered is that family is very important in Chilean culture. The extended family get together regularly even if they do not live close. Driving for 3-4 hours is not considered a problem, and they may do this as much as once per week.
Typically both parents work long hours, often until 8pm and hence, at least in middle to affluent families, they often have a housekeeper who attends to the house and children. Despite being predominantly catholic, most families have only 2 children for economic reasons. The roles of men and women in the household are a little different too. We have observed that the women tend to wait on the men, and rather than helping themselves the men expect to be served. Anibal asked me where my wine was and I answered with "what's a woman got to do to get a drink around here!?" Back home the men make sure everybody had at least their first drink. Over here, I am expected to get my own, even as a guest, as the women are busy preparing food and the men don't appear to serve at all. I am pretty lucky with my kiwi man, I think.
Routines are very different here. For example, they stay up very late, i.e. 1am,and sleep in until 10am. It is like returning to our kiwi adolescence. They also eat on a different schedule. Breakfast is necessarily late in the morning, the children are given a snack at Midday if they are lucky and then a cooked lunch is served about 2pm. Then they typically don't eat again until 8pm, however the evening meal is like a rolling buffet over several hours, ending at about midnight. The dishes are served as they are ready, when people feel like it. For example the other night we had bread and salsa and salad. Then half an hour later we had BBQ chicken and potato salad. An hour later we had spit roasted pork and ice-cream served at the same time! It is very informal and relaxed and everybody helps with the cooking. Interestingly, you don't get full and bloated as you just eat small amounts then digest before eating some more.
The children stay up late and ours are put to bed about 10pm. Thankfully they have adjustEd well to Chile time and sleep through till 9-10am. They have coped amazingly well with the different schedule and have had so much fun. At the farm Brodin and Daisy introduced 4 Chilean children to playing "spotlight". Its amazing how language is not a barrier for children. In fact for shy little Daisy it works well as there is no expectation that she talk to the other kids and hence she engages immediately and before long she is chatting away in English and they reply in Spanish and somehow they all seem to eventually understand. The language of children is universal it seems.