The Fine Art of Teaching with a Baby on your Back

March 14, 2010

It seems to be a general (although not exactly a universal) truth that Guatemalan men do not assume childcare responsibilities. Surprise, surprise. Four facilitators brought their children to the training, which meant I spent a lot of time with children and babies, especially during the parts that were conducted in K’iche’. After all, I wasn’t doing much good sitting and staring blankly at the whiteboard, and who wouldn’t rather play number dominoes with a spunky seven year old?  Three lessons:

1) I miss teaching kids.

2) Guatemalan women are seriously strong.

Seriously, when was the last time you tried to teach a bilingual class with a baby hanging off your back?

3) Having a room full of women who will hold your baby for you makes teaching much, much easier.

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