National Geographic : 2001 Feb
C hile1Bastions of society, thefamily and the armedforces have each undergone radicalchanges in the past decade. Looking after children was once exclusively women's work. Today young parentsboth pitch in. On a Sat urday outing with his daughters,Rodrigo Abarca holds MariaJesuts while Maca rena sitsfor a portrait (left). "They can reallyexasperate me, but I love spending time with them," he told me. Still wieldinggreatpower, the Chi lean military now operates under civilian authority.In the annualpromotion ceremony at the Naval Weapons School, a Roman Catholicchaplain blesses the swords of new officers, who swear to defend the democraticconstitution.