“I am enjoying the children giving them quality time”

Christian Rojas has seven children and during these lockdown days they share housework among themselves.

UNICEF Chile
Christian y su familia
UNICEF Chile/2020
02 July 2020

Christian Rojas is a Codelco Hydrofrac Operator at El Teniente Division, but at home, with his sons and daughters, he is the tickling monster that attacks everything that moves. “That is the best part of my day.” He tells us that every time he arrives at his home he complies with a rigorous disinfection protocol, decreed by the “head of the house”, and becomes the tickling monster to greet his sons and daughters, who are waiting for him expectantly, ready to start in time for this affectionate attack.

Ricardo, Paolo, Aracely, Antonella, Eduardo, Monserrath and Emmanuel are Christian´s sons and daughters. The oldest is 24 and the youngest 5. He tells us they are “my motivation, my driving force, my strength to face each day and build their future while I can. When I open the door of my house and I see their happy faces and the question comes: Daddy, what shall we do now? I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say to myself, here we go again, works goes on, but this time for them.”

This period has been spent together and they have taken advantage of the days to do the things they like the most, but also for home and school tasks.

“We have an organization chart for days off, we divide times amongst gardening, doing homework, cooking something delicious (pancakes, rolls, etc.), we watch family movies, play and put together puzzles, among other activities, says Christian.”

He says that confinement has served to spend more time together: “we change roles, my wife also rests when I get home and I take care of enjoying my time with the children, giving them quality time. We beautify our garden, cook delicious recipes, all hang around in bed watching movies, hugging each other.”

“We have an organization chart for days off, we divide times amongst gardening, doing homework, cooking something delicious (pancakes, rolls, etc.), we watch family movies, play and put together puzzles, among other activities.”

Along with his children they also organize his workshop, his tools, although he believes “that in reality they mess up my workshop, but for me their company is the most important thing.”

Christian, by example, teaches his sons and daughters that household chores should be shared by everyone: “We alternate dish washing duties for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We both (with his wife) keep cleaning so we have more time to enjoy each other.”

He practices reading stories with his young children, “Monserrath is more devoted to reading, lately she read Papelucho and Emmanuel likes to have him read “The Lion King”. To this he adds improvisation because he comes up with stories “where they are generally the actors”. In these spaces they can also talk about contingency issues. He tells us that his daughter Monserrath asked him “Dad, why if everyone is in their quarantined houses taking care of the Coronavirus, do you have to go to work?... I stopped for a few seconds to answer such a logical question and I said: As mom helps to improve sick people with her work, my work is also important for many families who are having a hard time with this pandemic, because this is not just about us, but also many families who trust that all miners will continue working for them.”

He says that with his family they actively participate in the company’s activities such as the Christmas Party and summer recreational programs: “the Christmas party or the summer program, where we can take our children for swimming lessons and other sports.”