What does hired help mean in this context?

China
August 10, 2008 7:36am CST
who can tell me in America, is it common to pay children if they do the house chores? I recently read an article by Ann Landers, titled "What do children owe their parents?". In this articel, the author says "Parents have the right to expect their children pick up after themselves and perform house chores... The days of 'hired help'are, for the most part, gone." Here, what does "hired help" refer to? Does it mean employees hired for domestic work or parents paying children if they do the house chores? Many thanks to your answers.
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@taface412 (3177)
• United States
10 Aug 08
I do believe Ann Landers was meaning by "hired help" as in housekeepers, and basically anyone employed to work in their home. That is what it means and with the costs of living rising every year you are finding more and more households that do not have this kind of luxury and are doing it themselves.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
10 Aug 08
I think that it talking of people that got paid measly for doing chores or for those who were maids that lived in the house with their masters and did the cleaning. In America it is called an allowance when a child does chores for the household. Usually it's paid weekly or monthly for those children who do the chores the way they are instructed to do. Welcome to mylot, btkxxok, I hope that you have a wonderful time here. I hope you also have a wonderful and equally as lovely day.