Tips for Domestic Helpers: How to Get Children To Do Their Homework?
Parents around the world would love the magic formula to encourage kids to do their homework. At the same time, it's not as simple as waving a wand. In order to make your employer happy, here are some methods for encouraging your kids to develop and stick to a regular homework routine.
As the kid’s guardian, you need to make them feel that it is important by taking an active interest in their homework. Effective encouragement will also be about changing your own approach to homework enforcement. Don't worry, it's easy, it's just about taking a moment to work it through. There are 3 simple tips to make the process less painful for you and for the kids.
- Set-up a friendly area.
You have to make sure that the workspace is well-lit, comfortable, and free from distractions such as TV, mobile phones, or family members. If you will be needing an internet for his schoolwork, try to consider parental controls which is available through your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
- Schedule a daily study time. Make the kid decides.
Make a schedule for completing homework. Creating a routine will help children know what to expect. You may want to allow them to have a break between the time that school ends and the time they need to start their homework. For example, allow them to spend one hour doing activities of their choice after school before doing homework.
Allow the kids to have a say in creating the schedule. If they feel like their opinions have been heard and considered, they’re more likely to stick to the plan. Agree on homework-free times, such as Friday nights or one weekend day, and allow them to plan how they use this free time.
- Be the kid’s motivator. Monitor him, not control him.
Children are motivated, they just may not be motivated the way some parents like them to be. Be there for the kid. Give him encouragement, check completed homework, and as a helper, make yourself available for the questions and concerns. The child will develop confidence and a love of learning from doing it themselves.
- Be a good model
Be a good example by showing your own love of learning. You can help the kid understand that building knowledge is something to enjoy throughout life. Talk to your kids about the importance of homework, and how a good education can benefit them throughout their lives. Explain to them that as an adult, you make more money if you have more education. Ask them what careers they’d be interested in, and explain the type of education necessary for each. Encourage effort and determination, not just the grades they get.
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How to Help Your Helper Fight Depression?
While we all feel sad, moody, or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely for long periods of time and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood. It is a serious mood disorder that negatively affects how you feel, think and act. If your helper struggles with depression, you know how hard it can be and you might even wonder what you can do in order to help her. Your support and encouragement can play an important role in her recovery.
You are already a great person if you want to be there for your depressed helper. But even when you have a really good intention, it can be really hard to know exactly what help you can give to her. Every individual is different on how they handle depression, but here are a few guidelines that can help you support your helper in their recovery while maintaining your own emotional equilibrium.
- Be informed about what depression really is. There are countless articles on the internet today where you can learn about depression and its symptoms. You may not be able to cure your helper but you can understand her condition by educating yourself and what kind of mood disorder she has.
- Be there for your helper. Always remember that being compassionate listener is much more important than giving an advice. If she feels like talking, ask her how she was going. Encourage your helper to talk about her feelings and be willing to listen without judgment. Being supportive as her employer involves encouragement and hope.
- Put yourself in your helper’s shoes. It is impossible for a depressed person to just “forget about it” or “cheer up”. Stress is a significant contributor to depression. You need to identify the sources of stress in her life and help her brainstorm about ways to reduce it.
- You need to remind your helper that they’re incredibly strong and worthy to love. Let them know that it’s their illness you’re frustrated with, not them. If you feel like you can’t control your helper’s recovery, you can encourage them to seek help by suggesting a doctor or therapist that can help them through the process.
- Depression is contagious. It can be incredibly frustrating and upsetting to deal with someone who is experiencing it. You can only support your helper if you know how to look after yourself first. To avoid resentment, learn how to set limits on what you are willing and able to do. You are not your helper’s therapist, so don’t take that as your responsibility.
If you think that your helper might be considering suicide, talk to them about your concerns as soon as possible. Often people feel uncomfortable bringing up the topic but it is one of the best things you can do for someone who is thinking about killing themselves. Talking openly about it can save your helper’s life. Attention is the most important thing we ever give to each other, especially if it’s given from the bottom of our heart. Caring is more important than understanding.
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Simple Ways to Save Money (For domestic helper)
Hundred thousand of domestic workers decided to work abroad for one reason: to feed and support their family financially. The huge amount of salary are always attractive to the Overseas Foreign Worker and enhance their financial situation. However, despite earning 2-3 times higher than working in their own country, many of them are still struggling in saving up. As a matter of fact, due to poor money management and expense record, they don’t have much saving and don’t know where they spend the money for.
Weekend overspending, going out with friends, and purchasing an unnecessary gadget or smartphone are some of the reasons why the saving amount in their bank remain stagnant or even depleting. Moreover, infidelity, failed business deals, and cheated by their friends or strangers can be another reason.
While we acknowledge the importance of saving yet we failed to put the action into real life as a result of our poor discipline and failure to identify the purpose of why we want to save. Sometimes all it takes is to step in the right direction and get things moving in our favor. But, as with most commitment or habit, the first step is always the hardest part. That’s why we’ve compiled a super simple, easy-to-implement 5 steps for you to start saving money right now.
- Make a list of all of your expenses on daily basis
It is essential to record your expenses on daily basis. There are numerous of money expense record that is available in Play Store or Apps Store to download. This apps allows you as well to categorize your expense such as food, transportation, etc.
- Review your expense record at the end of the month
INow you have a clear guideline of how much you spend on each aspect of life, it is time to review and evaluate your spending. Try to compare with your own initial budget for each category and if the amount exceed your budget, plan a way to reduce it.
- Plan how much you want to save and your monthly expense
A small misconception of saving that a lot of people are having is that they save the remaining amount at the end of the month while on the other hand successful people put aside an amount for their saving at the beginning of the month. Therefore, it is important to have a clear plan on how much we want to save on monthly basis whether it will be 20% or 25% of your income and budget the remaining amount for your daily expenses.
- Why do I need to save?
Understanding the purpose why you want to save is another key. This approach will serve as a push factor/ motivation for us to save money. The purpose can be varies from our children’s education, purchasing house in our home country, establishing our own business, or even early retirement.
- Make it as a habit
Continuous action will eventually become a habit. Eventually this habit will bring a positive impact into your life.
Some of these aforementioned suggestions take just a few minutes, while others require a bit of regular effort. Always remember, small changes sometimes provide a huge difference into our life and over time, your persistence and commitment will be rewarded.
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Effective Ways in Handling Hyperactive Child
Hyperactive children tend to have trouble in unclear environments and the parents and also for the domestic helper might feel difficulties in handling them. Hyperactive children are unstable, they keep on bouncing from activity to activity with illimitable energy. They may also have a difficulty in listening or following directions.
Managing a hyperactive child presents a unique set of challenges and following a few tips, however, can make the burden easier to bear. So here, MamaHelpers has come up with effective ways on how to handle hyperactive children. All it takes is a few small adjustments in your strategies for taking care the child and the way you interact with them.
- Vent the child’s energy and calm their minds. Take them out and bring them to green surroundings. Green surroundings can benefit human health in many ways. Try to be more patient and be insistent to calm the child’s mind and put his energy to good use, such as outdoor sports. Outdoor sports demand constant movement and so are ideal for handling a hyperactive child.
- Give them your complete attention and lend an ear to their concerns, interests, and apprehensions. Also get them to make to-do lists and break down the instructions given to them. Helping your child get responsible will help you and be rewarding for your child too. It can be something as simple as filling up bottles or clearing up the table after dinner. A written list also gives the child a visual reference to use when he becomes distracted or forgets what he is supposed to do. Teach the child to refer to the list whenever he is bored or unsure what to do next.
- Children with hyperactivity find it very difficult to handle anger, sadness, and worry. Help them to deal with their feelings and tell them what is good and what is bad. Give praise and rewards if the child does great things and allow him to reward himself by assigning tasks that lead to a prize.
Next time the child does something that causes your blood to boil, leave the room, take a few deep breaths, or do something else to calm yourself. When you demonstrate self-calming techniques in this way, you teach the child the importance of managing his emotions.
If you do lose your temper, do not hesitate to apologize to the child.
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Why Should You Hire A Domestic Helper From The Rural Areas
There are a lot of things that needed to consider before selecting a suitable domestic helper for your family. It happens to have a great impact on where did your helper raised because that is the way where you can distinguish what kind of environment she lived in and how it is being connected to her personality.
According to the experts, there is a large percentage of helpers who came from rural areas having a good work records than people living in urban areas. Why? Here are the characteristics that the helper living in rural have and why you should hire them.
- People living in rural areas have intimate face-to-face relationships than of that person living in urban areas. The density of the population here is low that is why the chances of face-to-face contacts with each other are higher. In the village, everyone knows everyone. If you want a helper who will take care of your family members especially your kids, it is better to consider these things on your top lists. Rural people tend to be more sensitive toward others and have a great way of dealing other people’s personality.
- Agriculture is the fundamental occupation and forms of the basis of the rural people. They need to perform various agricultural activities for which they need the cooperation of the whole members. Usually, the members so happen to be their family members. Think of the possibilities that the helper from rural areas are more cooperative and disciplined.
- Another characteristic feature of people living in the rural area is that they valued tradition so much. The degree of solidarity there is higher than of those who are living in urban areas. The family is the one who will introduce custom, tradition, and culture of their society. It is their basis of unity there. That is why if you want to hire someone who knows how to cook, rural people have the most number inherited recipes and skills in terms of cooking.
The rural community is one of the hard-working people, who often struggle to make a living. They often feel left behind with little or no support from the government. It didn’t stop them from dreaming of a better life for their family. They tend to do more and give their best when it comes to work.
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The Importance of Caregiver Training for Domestic Helpers
Caregiver course helps your domestic helper to be aware that they can have professional skills to care for their client with grave medical condition. Caregiver training is a very important aspect of increasing your helper’s knowledge and how they can extend their knowledge to help someone in any kind of incident or it could be anything.
It is vital that the helper who looks after your family for 8 hours a day or more is properly trained in the basic emergency medical care. Accidents happen anywhere when you least expect it and giving first aid is the best assistance given to the victim while waiting for the professionals to set foot. Having a knowledge of first aid, the helper can neglect the feeling of hopelessness when someone needs help. The helper doesn't have to wait for the doctor because knowing few skills of first aid can make a hope for saving lives in kind of emergency.
While it’s useful to have one physician overseeing all of your family members, if your domestic helper happens to be trained as a caregiver, she can help ensure that appointments are being made, medicines are properly prescribed and issues are caught and addressed far before they become a life-threatening situation.
There are many training centers offering Caregiver courses for domestic helpers. Checking what type of training covered is completely essential. The training center cannot hand out a Caregiver certificate randomly and should be accredited by a reputable body.
MamaHelpers Academy always supports foreign helpers who are passionate in broadening their knowledge and upgrading their ability. We are delighted to see an outstanding learners and to reward their hard work.
The objective of this course is to help students develop solid knowledge background and necessary practical skills to fulfill the role of caregivers for the client’s family. We regard caregiving as a professional skill in society and try to address the following questions in the course: What are the responsibilities of the caregiver? What knowledge and mentality should a good caregiver be equipped with? What are the practical tools that can help caregiver perform their tasks better? We’ll dig deeply into these questions in the course through case study, class activities and discussion to ensure that students have a comprehensive understanding of caregiving.
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How to Write Attractive Job Post
There are a lot of job content that are too long, too technical or just too boring. A clear, concise job title and thoughtfully detailed job description will help you to find the qualified candidate.
Here are some tips on writing the job description:
- 1. Focus on the applicant’s needs
You will have a better shot at resonating with job seekers if you focus more on their needs. Use catchy buzzwords that are eye-catchy. An eye-catching title and exclamation points might help an applicant to take notice. As much as possible, try to address the concerns of the applicants like: (1) What will my workday look like? (2) What opportunities will be available for me?
Plain language is important. Avoid words that people wouldn’t understand.
- 2. Omit tasks and responsibilities that don’t need to be spelled out
Job descriptions with a large number of words have the higher chance of low experienced candidates. Every word counts. Don’t be afraid to cut out extraneous information for stronger job postings. Use a straightforward language to answer your applicant’s questions.
- 3. Never forget the three R’s
You need to indicate the Responsibilities, Requirements, and Rewards to your job detailed description. Don’t over format your contents. Consider editing your content to increase focus and remove redundancies.
Above are some tips for your reference only. You may also visit the MamaHelpers app to see sample job descriptions and titles that also made by the employers. Wish you all finding the best helper by MamaHelpers!
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How to Prevent the Helper’s from Cancelling the Application?
The interview with the applicant through phone screen turns out really successful. You liked the personality that the applicant presented to you and you already foresee that there is a great possibility that you will hire her as your helper. Now, you are just waiting for the face-to-face interview. You both agreed on the time and date, and everything seems nice … but unfortunately, the applicant cancels on you! Then suddenly, you are seeing yourself starting the whole process again. All of your time and effort has been all wasted.
As the number of employers who are searching for a skilled applicant increases, the higher also the chances of that applicant to cancel on you. There is a possibility that the helper will start looking for another employer that can meet their expectations. It is frustrating. But does it really have to be that way? Here’s the good news! You may now prevent the applicants from cancellation and no-show. How? Read the list that MamaHelpers just created for you.
- Find genuinely interested applicant
Let us say that you are a very busy person, and that’s obviously the reason why you are looking for a helper. But, it is important for you to put at least enough time to find a right helper for your family. This is also to prevent you from searching for another one in the future.
You must know if the applicant is genuinely interested in the job. Have a detailed conversation with her. List down all the questions you want to ask about her. Help the applicant to understand the nature and role of their work on the interview. Most importantly, learn how to listen. Listen to every detail that they are telling you and see how they exactly answer your questions.
- Do follow-ups
You don’t want the applicant to cancel, of course. So follow up through email or message about the nature of the helper’s work. You have to make sure that they will conform to the interview that you set for them. Don’t rely on one message only, do the follow-up message. Send them messages near the date of your appointment. Build a human connection from the very beginning of your conversation. It will help you to lessen the chance of the applicant to cancel to you.
- Consider yourself getting into the applicant’s calendar
Make a schedule of an interview near from the date you first make a conversation with each other. The longer the wait, the higher the chance the applicant will search for another employer. Give them a big reason to say yes for the job that you are offering to them by giving them a good experience through the whole process.
As much as possible, stop yourself from rescheduling the interview unless you really needed to. In the applicant’s side, you will look like you are not organized enough or that you are hiding something as an employer.
- Never lose hope
If the applicant cancels to you, don’t lose hope. Never give up. There is a greater possibility that if you want that helper, there is also another employer who will like her. After all, you can try again until you can find the best helper for you.
So what are you waiting for? Implement these strategies and stand a better chance to prevent cancellations of applicants. Good luck and happy searching!
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Create Your Own Preferences: The Ideal Helper
The helper will be living with you and your family in the same house so it is important that you know from the very beginning how well the helper’s behavior and characteristics are. There is nothing wrong with being cautious when it comes to the welfare of your family and order of your home. It is suitable for you to make a list of your preferences on what characteristics your future helper should have.
Age - You need to consider first the quality you want your helper to have. If you want a helper who is jolly, energetic and can give entertainment to your family, you can find a younger helper. On the other hand, if you want to have an organize and mature helper, you can choose older and experienced helper. But you have to make sure that your preferences are balanced when it comes to their age because not all young helpers are industrious, and not all old helpers are mature and orderly enough.
At times, choosing a helper in terms of their age is not really the thing. It’s the experience you need to consider the most. If you are looking for a helper to take care of your child, you need to find someone who has experience with children, patient, and kind who can treat and love your child as their own.
Location – One of the factors you need to consider is from what country your helper came from and where is the specific place your helper grew up. If you are going to hire a Filipino helper you need to find someone who grew up in the province because they are the one who knows how to cook good and quality cuisines. Those who live in the city is more knowledgeable when it comes to machines and technologies, it is best for you to choose them when you want someone to do the household chores.
Clearance Papers – Ensure that the helper has their updated clearance papers. The clearance papers are consisting of NBI Clearance, Police Clearance, Medical Certificate and Birth Certificate. This is to make sure that the helper will not burden you hereafter.
One of the best aspects of having a satisfactory experience with your helper is to start emphasizing prevention than the cure itself. But then, besides prevention, you also need to learn to deal with the dilemma after they occur.
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Do I Need to Send My Helper to a Cooking Class?
There is a lot of employers who are being blessed by having a helper who is really good when it comes to cooking. You do not need to discriminate a helper instantly just because she doesn’t know how to hold a skillet correctly, every helper has their own skills and specializations. And that uniqueness is what makes them more valuable. So, if you have a family who loves food very much and makes it as your every bonding, it is a must to have a helper that works great especially when it comes to the kitchen.
What if there is a scenario where the helper you hired is not that good at cooking? Do you need to send the helper to a cooking class? The answer will always depend on you!
If you have a capability to bring your helper to school, she will surely have a lifetime memorable experience and skills which can be used for daily basis. You will rest assured with every dishes your helper will serve in front of your family.
On the other hand, it is not totally a shortfall if you did not send your helper to school if you really do not have enough budget and time to do that. Instead, you can educate your helper by showing her videos or pictures of different kind of food recipes that you want her to learn. Showing her videos or pictures will make your helper more engage right off the bat. Getting videos doesn't mean that you have to get out your camera. You can rely on YouTube, which has a seriously vast library of cooking resources. You can also offer step-by-step pictures so that your helper could go back and check what she had missed. You don't have to set up a separate photo shoot to take these photos, you can simply snap some pictures with your phone and get some pictures from the internet. You do not have to pressure yourself or give all the burden to your helper. You just have to start with the basic techniques that will get your helper through a busy week and much more likely to stick with it.
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How to Hire a Domestic Helper Using MamaHelpers App?
Have you been stressed out in the repeated scenario where you will run to the agency and then they will give you a helper who you will just meet when it arrives in front of your door? What if your expectation does not meet your helper? That you expect it to be so kind, loving, positive attitude but not in real life? Does the idea make you salve? Have you imagined putting effort into hiring that helper but really not worth it at all? It is a complete waste of time and of course, money. You will ask yourself, “How to hire a domestic helper who I know for sure will meet or exceed my expectation even if the helper is not yet in my country?”
Because of unbelievable change of time and fast movement of technology in the current generation, the answer to your problem is finally launched last September 2017, the MamaHelpers mobile app! The app is totally free of charge so you can download it from your App Store or Play Store without worrying about the payment. There are 150,000 + domestic helpers who are hungrily searching for jobs in the app and the best thing here is that you do not have to wait for a long time just to get to know them! You can message the helpers right away while you are there, sitting in front of your television, watching your favorite telenovela.
How to know if the helper in the app is suitable for me and my family? Click the link below this blog that we, MamaHelpers prepared for you. You can drag the helper and use another platform like Skype or WhatsApp for the online face to face interview. You do not have to worry if the effort you will make is really worth it or not, because indeed it is.
When hiring a suitable helper for you and your family is one of the important things that you, yourself needs to pay more attention. It is essential to hire a helper based on the character not by skills. You can train them if they lacked out skills. But you cannot teach them how to be good towards others.
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How to Take My Helper With Me On Holidays?
You alloted your entire time working for your family for the past months, so you deserve a trip or two for yourself. You are entitled to have a vacation after that tedious period and time that you spend on your work, and the first thing that comes to your mind is to go out of the country with the whole family. You wanted also to take your helper with you to help you out in taking care of your family. But how? How can you take your helper with you on your holiday?
The first thing that you need to do is to ask the immigration officials about the type of visa that your helper needs in the country that you wanted to visit. If you don’t meet the appropriate visa, the domestic helper can be arrested and charged for violating the immigration law. It will cost you more than what you will pay for the whole trip with your family. Too depressing, right?
You need to check also the compensation and medical insurances to ensure that your helper is all covered wherever you go. And make sure that you will inform your employment agency that you will go to take your helper with you on your holiday. Why? The agency takes full responsibility for their applicants until the end of its contract.
Be prepared at all times so you will be able to fully enjoy the furlough that you wanted without any stressed along the way. Enjoy holiday!
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Is It Necessary to Demand a Reference Letter from the Previous Employer of the Helper?
Before hiring a domestic helper, there are employers who keeps on insisting for their reference letters from the previous employers for them to know if the helper is capable of taking care their families. Of course, who doesn’t want their family to be safe and secure in the hands of a stranger? And to think that you’re going to let this stranger sleep and eat in your own house together with your young ones. To think that the rate of child kidnapping in many parts of the world is already increasing every month based on the recent news. It is better safe than sorry, right?
Many employers think that if they demand a reference letter from the applicant, it is easy for them to trust the helper. However, demanding a reference letter from the applicant can sometimes be more difficult for them. This is maybe for a reason that their previous employer terminated them or they break their contract because their employer is not treating them right. There is also a possibility that they are still working and they don’t want their employer to know that they are applying for a new job.
There are circumstances that if the helper breaks their contract or is being terminated for bad reason, their previous employer might speak cruelly or rude about the helper. And if the employer gives a good remark about the helper, it doesn’t mean that you will hire that person for an instant.
Whatever the reason is, as an employer, you need to remember why you are hiring a helper in the first place. You need to make sure that the helper is the right person for your family. You need to consider things like the character and how determine and kind they are when you speak and look at them. You cannot guarantee that you made a right decision for choosing them that instantly but you can at least give yourself a chance to know them better for a short period of time based on their responses to you.
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Is It Okay to Give My Helper a Permission to Join in MamaHelpers?
MamaHelpers is a mobile application where the employers and applicants can meet. You can do this by downloading the app on your mobile phones and wait, did I mentioned already that the MamaHelpers app is free to download? Ah yes! That is true, it is 100% free. You can download it using your Android or iOS phone. It is indeed a good news for every helpers and employers out there because they can find each other that easily. But, what will you do if you found out that your helper is joining a group or event where MamaHelpers name is involved? You will start questioning yourself, “Is my helper searching for her new employer” or “Is my helper not happy under my management anymore?”. Too depressing to think, but worry not! Why? I will tell you why.
Did you know that MamaHelpers is not about searching for employment only? MamaHelpers have their own Academy where they are giving away free certificates for the Caregiver students who will undergo training. The said certificate is already approved by the Training Qualifications UK and it can help in adding skills of your helper. They will learn things like how to handle ailing individuals, especially the elderly by means of attending every class that is being handled by the professionals.
If you caught your helper wearing MamaHelpers t-shirt one day, do not panic, maybe your helper just joined MamaHelpers Volunteers. It is an organization consisting of domestic helpers in one particular area who continuously helping the needs without getting anything in return. You don’t have to dispute with your helper if you think that she is just wasting her money and time. Is it good to think that your helper can devote her blood and sweat just to help other people? To think that she can do all these things unto others, so what more she can do when it comes to your family?
In the end, we just have to trust our helper in order for them to feel so trustworthy. And above all, trust is the essential ingredient in effective communication. It is also a foundational principle that holds a good relationship between you, your family and your helper.
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Questions You Need to Ask Before Hiring a Helper
Domestic Helper plays a big role in employer’s everyday lives. Starting from the wonderfully made morning meal into delivering young ones to school and from cleaning the house to maintaining the happiness and orderly in our home.
In addition to the opportunities, we always give our trust in the hands of our helpers. That is why we should examine every applicant who wants to be part of our family. So here are some of the questions that MamaHelpers have prepared for you, which will help you, as an employer in finding your own helper.
First in the lists are the basic questions that you need to know about them:
Tell me a bit about yourself.
Why do you want to work as a domestic helper?
What are your future plans?
How many kids do you have? Did you raise your own kid?
How long have you been in other country?
Then after that, we should proceed to the focused of the interview, the informations about their previous and future job:
Explain your past work history.
Do you know how to look up the transportation routes on the internet?
What do you do with the money you earn?
Do you have savings account?
What are you best at doing?
What is your expected salary?
Can I contact your previous employer? Do you have references?
What time did you wake up in the morning?
Are you good at organizing?
Do know how to use a vacuum?
Are you able to follow a schedule?
Do you know how to do hand washing?
What time of the day do you usually like to do ironing?
Do you like to cook?
What types of food do you know how to cook?
Can you follow a recipe book?
Have you ever done meal planning?
Do you know how to make marketing list?
How do you keep records of the money spent?
Have you ever asked for a cash advance before? What was the reason?
How do you handle a newborn baby? Change diaper? Feeding? Burping?
Do you like kids?
Do you have any first aid training?
Are you flexible with your day off? What day do you prefer?
If necessary, will you work on your day off for extra money?
Are there any special occasions that you need to be home for?
We hope that these questions help you during the interview process. And before anything else, we will leave you an important message from MamaHelpers:
Keep your helper healthy, happy and motivated, for you to have a helper who will love and dedicates her life in taking care of your whole family. Good luck to you and happy interviewing!
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Suitable Accommodation for Your Helper
There are things that you need to remember when getting a helper, and one of those things is providing them a suitable accommodation. Is suitable accommodation necessarily mean a private room for your helper? The answer is no. Giving private rooms for helpers is not mandatory for every employer. You don’t need to be that astounding in the eye of your helper. It is understandable that every employer is different from each other. Some employers are opulent and some are not. And if you’re not, this is certainly inevitable and also understandable even in the eyes of the law.
Providing a suitable accommodation means providing your helper a reasonable privacy, which allows them to sleep with a child or solutions such as division of living space. It must also include bed, pillows, quilt, wardrobe, light, water, access to kitchen, toilet and bath facilities.
If you cannot provide any of these for your helper, or if you think that your house is limited with all of the amenities, do remember that it is illegal for a domestic helper to live out. You do need to provide your helper an accommodation within your home. You may also have serious consequences that include the repudiate of your helper’s visa. And if the domestic helper is caught living out, you could be fined up to 150,000 HKD, imprisoned or worst is you cannot have the right to hire a helper in the future.
One of the best thing in providing a finer accommodation is that you are more likely to enchant more skilled and experienced helper. For more information about the conditions of the suitable accommodation for your helper, you may contact the Labour Department.
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Time-Saving Ways to Train Your Helpers
Hiring a new helper means adjusting of members’ everyday lives in your home. Everytime you hire a new helper, you also need to train them again and educate them about your household rules. Why training is important? Is it necessary? The answer is yes. What the helper learned in other places is not the same thing that she will learn inside your home. Training can help them to easily adopt and embrace their new environment.
Some employers doesn’t want to train their helpers because of the fact that it is too time-consuming. So, we gather some information on how to train your helper in the most efficient and effective time-saving ways.
1. Do the visual learning process. Find pictures online that will show what you want to teach to your helper. For instance, you can give the pictures that you have printed and tell your helper to keep it once she forget what you had just taught her.
2. Printable instructions. You can also print the instructions that you want her to know. You can print also something like a recipe, the right way to iron the clothes or how to make a bed. Let those instructions read by your helper and ask her if she have some questions regarding to it.
3. Download videos. Find short videos online on about any topic that you want to discuss with your helper. There are some tasks that are difficult to explain in words that is why you need to show them some videos on how to do it. Try searching videos on YouTube with your helper and ask her questions about it.
Visual instructions can help your helper to easily understand what you are trying to say, without putting too much effort and time. It also becomes more memorable to them when they see it with their eyes. Because, who doesn’t? “A picture worths a thousand words.” Right?
Training is not that time consuming if you do it in a right way. So go ahead! There is no shame in being efficient. Follow these simple steps and use your own little precious time to some things that are surely worth it.
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