I am living in a different country and a different culture so there are many things I could cover here. One thing that has stood out to us is how kindly and gently the children are treated in Panamanian families. Fathers are very involved with caring for the children, and it seems typical that if the family is out, it is the father who will be carrying the child.
We went to the feria last month (which is a colorful part of the local culture itself) and my husband took a number of photos of fathers and children. He has kindly given me permission to use them in this post. We were there at night in the midst of a big crowd so the photos may not be remarkable, but the pictures of father after father gently holding their children is very remarkable.
The children here seem very mellow, well behaved, and calm. I wonder if some of that has to do with the gentle, loving hands of their mothers, fathers, and extended family who are all very involved in their care and upbringing.