3 Things to Keep in Mind to Find the Right Helper

Hiring the right helper is difficult. Keep these 3 things in mind.

 

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to hire a helper. Perhaps you are expecting a baby, or will start working full-time. Whatever the reason you’re looking for a helper, finding the right helper is important. Here are some helpful tips.

#1 Consider your lifestyle

In understanding what suits your needs, you’d have to know yourself well enough. This means that when deciding on which…

Preparing Your Helper’s Room

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. More than 7 million people are packed into a relatively small space – as only 25% of the land is habitable due to irregular terrain. Going compact and creative when it comes to arranging space are absolute musts. For many Hong Kongers, coping with limited space has become the new normal. Things get a tad more complicated though for those among us who are employing a live-in foreign domestic helper (FDW) – as live-outs…

Press Release – LegCo Advises to Take Measures to Meet Rising Elder Care Needs

Since the early 1970s, Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDH) are an integral part of Hong Kong society but today more than ever: in 20 years the number of Domestic Helpers doubled representing today 11% of local households. Philippine and Indonesian people represent 95% of the FDHs, resulting in a significant rise of the contribution to the Indonesian and Filipino economies over the last years.

 

Even if currently childcare is the primary duty of foreign domestic helpers, the…

Your Alternatives when Your Helper Goes on Holidays

Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) are playing a crucial role in the life of many Singaporeans – especially for those of us who have to juggle a full-time job with a family life. We come to realize it – even more – when they go on holidays leaving us with many tasks to handle. While our helpers are looking forward to their next holidays to get to see and reconnect with their loved ones back home, many of us are left wondering how we are going to manage without them. Even though that can…

Mending a Strained Helper-Employer Relationship

Relationships experience ups and downs, and that’s quite normal. Constant nurturing is crucial though; otherwise, they might just break down (and sometimes beyond repair). The helper-employer relationship is no exception. It can be even more difficult to navigate given the intimate nature that characterizes it – working in a private household can be intricate as the lines can sometimes get blurry. When left unattended, relationships can cause tensions, frustration,…

Should I Assign my Helper’s Tasks?

Once the hiring phase is over, you will come to realize that putting on the ‘employer hat’ is an absolute must. The helper-employer relationship requires constant work as managing a helper not only involves managing the relationship but also your domestic helper’s work – and the live-in factor can sometimes complicate things. Different types of employers manage their helpers’ work in a different way. Each and every one of us has one’s very own style. While…

10 Helper Cooking Classes in Hong Kong

Cooking classes are surely the best way to build up your helper’s confidence in the kitchen and enable her to master new skills, learn the art of cooking in different cuisines and become more creative about food. There are many options of cooking classes for your helpers out there. Read on to find just what you have been looking for all along.

 

Towngas runs basic cookery classes targeted at helpers. Their Introduction to Chinese Cooking course will teach your helper everything…

15 Helper Cooking Classes in Singapore

Demand for cooking classes targeted at helpers is on the rise in Singapore. Cookbooks do wonders, there is no doubt about it. Needless to say that nothing beats learning by doing though – especially when an experienced professional shows you the (right) way.  Many organisations islandwide are offering – and some are specialising in – hands-on courses and workshops for helpers to teach them the basics, give them a solid foundation and help them improve their culinary…

Sleep Training Your Baby: a Good Option?

Sleep is important, that’s a given. Sleeping well and enough is critical (young parents wouldn’t dare challenge us on that!). Babies – and so do we – need to develop clear and consistent sleep patterns. But some do need a little push.

What is sleep training about?

Basically, it is about resetting your baby’s internal clock i.e. what regulates their sleep cycle. Sleep training consists in helping toddlers learn to fall asleep – initially with help but eventually…

11 ways to celebrate Hong Kong Establishment Day

Hong Kong Establishment Day is right around the corner. For that special occasion, we have compiled a list of the 11 must-sees and do activities on July 1st (and all over the weekend) in celebration of the 20th anniversary of HKSAR Establishment Day.

What better way to kick-start the celebrations than dancing? On Friday night, we recommend that you head over to the HK20 Lan Kwai Fong Handover Party in Lan Kwai Fong to enjoy Chinese cultural dancing and performances with…