Is it common to hire maid in your country?

@mermaidivy (15404)
United States
April 28, 2009 3:37pm CST
In my home country, it is very common to have maid for families with kids usually. Because parents need to work all the time, they need somebody to clean up the house and take care of the kids. I personally don't like to have maid whether I'm capable to afford it extra or not because I don't like strangers to be at my house all the time and I definitely wouldn't like strangers to take care of my kids if I had. What do you think about that? Do you hire maid for your housework?
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@benny128 (3621)
28 Apr 09
theres a lot of people here in uk have maids, personally I think its for the lazy people who dont want to do housework, I am a single dad and manage to sort 3 kids out wash cook clean and do the housework and also work on my online business. So theres in my personal opinion no need to hire maids etc, for a number of reasons A) he or she is a stranger would you let a stranger into your house I know I wouldn't. B) The expense of hiring a maid especially on low income families etc etc. C) I just think its being lazy aswell he he he twitter - benbo128
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
29 Apr 09
You must be a busy daddy all the time! I agree at all, I don't like the idea of strangers in my house and touching my stuff, I can do the housework by myself and I can sae the expenses on other stuff.
@gr8life (6252)
• Malaysia
17 May 09
Hello mermaidivy, I have the same thinking like you. It is common to have a maid at home here. As for me, I don't like to have a stranger in my house. I don't like to lose my personal and private time with my family. I can afford to have maid but I prefer to do all the stuff on my own. For me, to do the house chores is not a big problem though I have to juggle my time between work and family. I send my boy to a baby sitter and right at 5pm, I will fetch him and play with him while doing all the house chores!
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
18 May 09
You must be a good mom! :-D
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@amirev777 (3940)
• India
3 May 09
hi yes here in india-it is quite common to hire a maid servant,esp among those well off peole who can afford to have one.even we have a maid servant coming to our house-but she does not stay with us-she just comes for two hours daily-cleans up our house and the utensils,does a bit of gardening.but when i was a kid, i remeber we had a maid servant who was specially hired to look after me-i think i will have to do the same when we have kids.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
4 May 09
Thanks for responding! :-)
@meiteoh (420)
• Switzerland
2 May 09
I'm like you - I'm not comfortable with the idea of strangers in my home unsupervised and definitely not with my kids alone. In Malaysia, it's very common for people to hire maids and there are plenty of horror stories from both parties (maids and employers). I know of a lot of girls who have no qualms about getting a maid to help with house chores, cooking, cleaning and stuff but I dunno, I feel that it's akin to being lazy. My parents worked full time while they were raising us and we never had a maid. In fact, my parents did the housechores until my bro and I were about six and 12. Then we both each got our own set of housechores. Because of this, I know how to cook, clean, iron, wash clothes by hand, go grocery shopping and so forth and so does my brother. Sometimes I find it embarrassing for other girls to openly admit to people that they have never done housework or cook before in their entire lives. Some of my peers back at home even find it shocking that my hubby knows how to cook and clean whereas their husbands need prodding to even pick up after themselves. My hubby is French and he has never known anyone who has a maid. Yes, older people like my in-laws hire a cleaning maid who comes three times or twice a week to help with the cleaning and laundry but that's for old people. Younger people like my hubby, his friends and my sis-in-law DON'T have that luxury and definitely not the attitude for it.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
4 May 09
Thanks for responding! :-)
@Jouhar (409)
• India
2 May 09
Yes it is common in the kerala state where i'm living. I'm from india
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
2 May 09
It is common in my country too.
@agrim94 (3809)
• India
2 May 09
I am from India and all middle class families hire maids. They may be full time or part time. Out here in delhi i employ a maid who would come to my home twice. Once in morning and she would do dishes and cleaning of home, scrub floors and then she would come again in evening and do dishes again. Some even use them for cooking and dusting too. I am happy with dishes and washing and cleaning of floors.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
2 May 09
some of the people in my country hire maid pay them hourly too like two times a day.
• Philippines
2 May 09
Yes, in our country, we always fine hiring maids for convenience. We used to have a maid at home since both of my parents needs to go to work and theirs no one to take care of the cooking, preparing the food, cleaning the house, feed our dogs and take care of our garden. If I can afford it now, I should have hired one. As of now, I'm the bread winner, works part time, and the maid of our home. lol But as soon as i can afford it, I will hire one. :)
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
2 May 09
I'm the maid of the house too as well as a cook, gardener, dog sitter etc and get no paid
@sayh123 (150)
• Philippines
2 May 09
In our country it is common to have maid because both of the couple have their own work. As you can see they provide the need of the family and especially the needs of the children's. And also it is common in our country for clean in house they made by maids.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
2 May 09
It is very common in my country too because the parents are so busy working and the single ones can afford for the maid.
@kprofgames (3099)
• United States
29 Apr 09
I do the housework myself. But when I was working 50+ hours a week, I had a nanny. She took care of the children and cleaned for me because I just wasn't here. Nannies are common, but not as common as daycare. A maid is a bit much, there are cleaning women here that will come in once a week and clean whatever you leave on a list for them to do. I've used them off and on, like when I had all the family over for a dinner or holiday - the extra help was very nice. But as for day to day stuff, no I don't. I'd rather do it myself.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
29 Apr 09
I do it by myself too, I can do what I want to do for the house cleaning and save money! Thanks for sharing! :-)
• United States
29 Apr 09
no it is uncommon to have a maid around my area unless you are very rich... I of course am on the opposite side of that...LOL, so of course I dont have a maid and I do all the cleaning myself. They have such services where you can hire Merry Maids, for like once a week, or more or for special occasions...like if you have a party or something... but that wouldnt be something I would do. I dont like cleaning but then I dont like it when others do it because I feel they dont do it right or how I would do it....LOL so I do my own!! happy mylotting!
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
29 Apr 09
I am the maid and dog sitter in the house but I don't get paid...
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
29 Apr 09
no, i have never had a maid. have always done my own housework. i could not have afforded one if i had wanted one. they probably wouldn't have pleased me anyway, lol. im pretty particular about the way my house looks.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
29 Apr 09
haha that's what I think too, I don't like strangers touch my stuff and probably cannot please me.
@cest_moi (206)
• Canada
28 Apr 09
It is normal to see wealthy families hiring maids in my country and this kind of thing is very common. It is not because the families have a lot of kids or it is because they are working bees, these are wealthy families I am talking about so they just don't want to touch anything and so let the maids do the work. Some families even hire more than 3 maids in the house and each of them do a different type of work. A best friend of mine hired a maid from Philippines by sponsoring her over to Canada. He has a 5000 sq. ft. house and spent a lot of money to get the basement professionally finished and so the maid would stay with the family. He pays her $2,000 Canadian per month and she does not have to pay for the rent and food because she stays with his family (him & wife and 2 small children). Once a month, him and his wife take the maid out to buy her new clothes and let her off in the weekends to go visit friends. Now she has been in Canada for two years so he sponsored her to be a permanent resident. I think she is the very lucky one. Cheers, Cest_moi
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
29 Apr 09
Thanks for responding! :-)
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@Ozarkgirl (774)
• United States
28 Apr 09
In our country it is usually on the rich that hire maids (their only ones that could afford it). I would not like having a maid in my house even if I could afford it or not, because I do not like other people's way of cleaning or going through my things!!
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
29 Apr 09
I would rather spend the money on other stuff instead :-) Thanks for responding! :-)
@marciascott (25552)
• United States
28 Apr 09
No I do it myself or it won't get done, because my Husband will not do anything, he is a pig. he thinks I am his maid, normally if a person has a mald they are finaially well off.
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
29 Apr 09
hah that's very funny that you said he is a pig . I wish he could help you some!
• China
26 Apr 10
in my hometown,people don't have maid for families with kids.usually,the parents earn money far from their families.the kids are taken care of by their grandpa and grandma.there is one chance to get along with each other for them a year.some of the kids don't see their parents for sevral years. for me,i do the housework myself and i will take care of my kid myself.i love my kid and i can't receive the opinion that the kids may live without their parents.