To hire or not to hire a helper...that is the question!
My husband and I have survived for almost two years now without any helper. I have a day job while my husband is a freelance photographer. He is the one left at home to tend for our little
monster toddler. Whenever he has any work during weekdays we leave our son at the grandparents. Our household chores is equally divided, Mike does ALL the cooking while I do MOST of the table setting, dish washing and cleaning. On weekends we do the laundry together while our son is asleep or when the grandparents are visiting. We have managed but barely and it is becoming really tiresome. Lately we have been discussing hiring a helper because our son is becoming more active that it's hard to juggle tasks. Our son needs 100% attention because the moment you turn your back to do something he would climb up furniture ,tear books, break cds, reach for breakable objects,eat foreign objects and a thousand other "dangerous" things. There are advantages and disadvantages in hiring a helper, I made a little list.
-A more orderly and clean household
-We can focus our time in watching over our son and spending time with him.
-We don't have to leave him at the grandparents when we have to go out.
-Our house won't be left abandoned when we go out(we used to rely on our dogs...an askal and a daschund)
-Additional Cost of P2,000 a month plus the meals and overhead.
-Lesser privacy (I can't go walking around the house naked ;))
-We will lose our stockroom and turn our 3rd room into a bedroom for the helper.
I realized though that it is very difficult to find a helper. I tried asking around and I haven't received any solid feedback for recommendations. They say it is very hard to find someone who is trustworthy and industrious so we are taking our time to decide and choose one.