Thankful for… our helper

After finding out that we have 6 kids, most people ask me “how many maids do you have?” We have only 1 helper and we like to keep it this way. I know of friends who have fewer kids yet they have 2 or 3 helpers and they usually end up having more problems. One of my neighbours even has 5 helpers in their house and they have little gangs! For us, we feel that the kids shouldn’t be too spoilt and sometimes when they complain and compare with their friend’s helpers who wait on them, I tell them that Aunty Mary is already so busy, why don’t you help her.

We’re lucky that she’s a great cook

As you can imagine, she has her hands full cleaning the house, doing the laundry, cooking our meals, ironing, and taking care of Kate. I am thankful that she has a good attitude and genuinely loves Kate. Sometimes the work doesn’t get done all that well, but hey, who can fault her.

“Do I look becoming?”

Kate is at a phase where she’s learning to self-feed and you can imagine the mess made at every meal! Our helper doesn’t get frustrated but will try and teach her to get more neatly.

We were also really lucky that our previous helper stayed with us for 14 years and saw us through the first 5 kids. When Kate was born, she finally surrendered and decided it was time for her to go home and retire. It would have had been a much more tiring journey if we didn’t have a helper. I am extremely thankful that we are in a country where we can afford to hire live-in helpers to ease our household chores.

Thankful Tuesdays:

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has” – Epictetus

Thankful… for the hub’s cooking
Thankful… for #5’s cooking and caring of Kate
Thankful… for #3 in so many ways
Thankful… for sister-in-law #1

Thankful… for our helper
Thankful… for my family
Thankful… for my mum-in-law

~ – a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~