DOMESTIC MAID OR MENTOR?
Probably most of us might have seen one of most watch video Maid vs Mother as embedded here. Hopefully we didn’t stir any misconception about employing maid or foreign domestic worker.
Like it or not many families in Malaysia have to employ a live-in maid or foreign domestic worker not only to do household tasks, but also looks after children or elders while parents are working.
Quite a number of maids are educated while some speak good English making it affordable for domestic employers allowing children to be tuition or guide doing homework.
As country leaders’ suggestion Malaysian to join second income workforce, the demand for educated maids increasing steadily as home based educator. This shows that the contributions of foreign maids to Malaysian economy may not be confined to providing domestic services alone, but rather grown to be as children’s main caregiver or as mentor in the households when both parents are working .
Thus, domestic maids have important influences on children’s development and educational achievement.
A study by Chan 2005 found that parents don’t easily delegate task of supervising children’s homework not because lack of education but primarily it tarnish their status as parent. Studies also identified children’s below 5 years old cared by foreign domestic maid had higher risk factor of language impairment.
Though the primary task of domestic maid is keep home clean, cook and provide basic eye watch role against young child or aging parent their role now becoming more as mentor or centre of referral as parents are not easily reachable even with technological advancement.
Will Malaysian, especially mothers agree to accept foreign domestic maids be a primary mentor for our next generation?