24 Feb '11, 2am

An ST reader wrote in to say that most families don't need maids, and that they're an 'easy way out'. Do you agree?

THE issue of maid shortage is an ongoing problem, not only in Singapore but also in neighbouring countries. In the past, having a live-in helper was a luxury, but now, many families with working parents have come to see a maid as a necessity. I believe only two types of families cannot do without maids: those with young children, and those with elderly or sick members. For all other families, there are many other options, such as day care, childcare or part-time help. I used to have a maid to look after my young children when I was a working mother. But I am now a stay-at-home mum. Our family could afford to continue hiring a maid, but we decided instead to train our two boys - then eight and six - to do some housework, and my husband agreed to help out at home when he is not travelling. Every family member learns to do something in the house, such as making the bed, foldi...

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