A maid is your part­ner in child care, not re­place­ment

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Most ex­pats who come to the UAE and hire a maid do so be­cause un­like at home, we don’t have our ex­tended fam­i­lies here to help us care for our lit­tle ones. Vil­las and apart­ments are large and re­quire a great deal of up­keep to stay clean and of course, there is cook­ing. If you are a mum who works full time, but even if you don’t have a job out­side the home, you re­ally can’t do it all by your­self. So this is where helpers come in. Some moth­ers think that it is OK to give their maid 100 per cent re­spon­si­bil­ity for the house and the kids. But if you are not able to cover all these tasks by your­self, what makes you think a per­son with per­haps less ed­u­ca­tion than you, who you are pay­ing a com­par­a­tively small amount each month, and who is miss­ing their own fam­ily, can cover ev­ery­thing? Truth is, they can­not. So they get tired, so they lash out, so they make mis­takes. Mums, con­sider pitch­ing in a lit­tle and light­en­ing the maid’s bur­den. She’s your part­ner, not your re­place­ment.

UAE con­tract, the land­lord in­formed me that its il­le­gal to keep my brother with me in my apart­ment as my con­tract says “sin­gle or small fam­ily (no shar­ing al­lowed)”. As per Land­lord def­i­ni­tion of small fam­ily is hus­band, wife and max­i­mum two kids. She even put this in writ­ten no­tice ev­ery­where in the build­ing. I am amazed to know that sib­lings are not part of fam­ily. I am sure RERA also ac­cept sib­ling as part of small fam­ily. Hanan Raffi Dubai

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