Ecuador is a country with a rich and vibrant history of cherishing the family unit. As such, wherever we went, our children were welcomed with open arms, never scoffed at nor shushed. At the time, the girls were 8 and 13 – obviously old enough to behave and show off our highly impressive parenting prowess (just don’t ask me about the meltdown of my newly minted teenager in the quaint town square of Loja)! However, there is a noticeable shift between a culture that merely tolerates children and one that caters to them. I would have to say Ecuador considers children in almost everything it offers. From an educational point of view to one of safety and security, everywhere we visited we felt welcomed with open arms and respect for our kids.