Learn 10 do's and don’ts on how to introduce your helper to the kids.
Meeting for the first time
You hire a new maid who speaks truncated and little English. She is supposed to take care of your kids while you are away at work and make sure your house is spotless and clean. You want her to have a pleasant time in the midst of all these tasks, so your kids will enjoy having her around.
How should you introduce her to your children? How are you supposed to build a rapport between them if they can’t communicate? We suggest 10 do’s and don’ts on how to treat your maid.
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Build a rapport: 10 do’s and don’ts
- Do fill your kids in on her background. Before meeting her, tell your kids a little bit about her background—where she came from originally, her work experience, etc.
- Do explain your children’s nature. It is important that your helper be familiar with your children’s personalities, so she knows what to avoid or how to approach them.
- Do write down your children’s schedule. She should also be familiar with their schedule so she can make the necessary arrangements for them.
- Do establish house rules. It is important that your helper know her boundaries. If she does a good job, praise her because this will motivate her to work harder. If she does her job shoddily, be sure to correct her mistakes or resolve misunderstandings first before you start scolding. Treat your maid reasonably.
- Do treat your maid with respect. You may not realise it but your kids take your lead. How ever you talk to your helper (even when you are reprimanding) will be deemed customary. If you want your kids to be respectful to your helper, remember to speak to her in a respectful manner as well. (And yes, this is easier said than done.)
- Do tell your children off for being rude. You do not want your kids to think they have the God-given right to be rude towards helpers. Do not let your children treat your maid with disrespect. Ignoring your child’s impudence will eventually lead to teaching your child the wrong values, see people as lesser than he (or she) is.