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Maid or Nursery?

I read in the newspaper recently about maid.. where our neighboring country proposed their people who work as maid to be paid RM600 in Sabah.. If you think about it.. if you have more than two children, i guess its worth it..but if you have two children.. i guess i choose nursery.  Having experience both having maid and sending my kids to nursery i come to conclusion of these pros and cons :

Pros of having Maid

I have quality time with my family, time with my husband and most of all time for myself.

I don’t have to rush home, no worries for late charge from nursery especially if i stuck in a jamm.

I don’t need to do the laundry, dishes..and most of the cleaning.. i just supervise.

I have time to cook without interruption… sometimes if i have something on.. i let her cook.

Children can have proper rest at home.

Cons of having Maid

My maid like to arrange things on her own way.. sometimes she misplace things.. and i hate searching for things.. and she don’t know what i was looking for and worse she don’t know where she kept it… i remember the time i was searching for my anti wrinkle cream .. lucky i found it.

She loves to do cleaning, ironing,..but so rough and clumpsy.. imagine now i have to get a new washing machine, iron, standing fan… i don’t know what else.. because i just found out few things broke…grrr..haiya.

I am trying to save cost.. she waste! waste! waste!… almost everything.. from detergent, liquid dishes.. haiya no need to complain lagi lah.

oh ya.. my girl..sometimes speak like her.. grrrr….but funny.

Pros of Sending kids to Nursery/Daycare

I have been sending my children to nursery/daycare, they are more independent and discipline.

have lots of friends…they have somebody to communicate with.

They learn new things, early education… music etc.

Cons of Sending kids to Nursery/Daycare

Tired! tired! tired!… every night prepare my kids things for the next day… and coming back..need to wash all the dirty clothes..hehe… rushing back from work..need to cook, bath them.. so many 2 in 1, 3 in 1 thingy…hahaha..

Not only mummy and daddy tired… kesian also to see my children..wake up in the morning.. and come back do their home time to play… only weekend lah.

That is my personal opinion.. my maid just left.. she wanted to cancel her visa from her former boss but her former boss want her to work back with her or else her husband, whom are working with the same family will lose his job.   When they searching for job..they want us to get them from where they it easy for them to find a reason to leave… her cousin called me..wanted to work..mmm..  i don’t think so lah for now..

So now.. i am back to square one..but i guess nothing different..only extra work, extra effort, extra patience, time management, cooperation between me and husband.. we even let our kids get to do other chores…so far they doing great.  I think we are comfortable now.. i don’t think i need a maid for now.  I manage..we manage.. and we survive without them.


  • deana

    shirley, i think i still need a maid as i’m always tired after work and i want to spend as much time with sona.furthermore i bake. if she is not there to do all the washing and cleaning, i die la hehe. she has been with us for almost 4 years so ok la, if hv to find new one it’s hard la.sometimes i cant tolerate with them.

  • shirley

    thanks for your comment Deana..
    hard to find good maid nowadays.. but lucky my hubby helps in chores.. kesian the kids..because they also have to be in school like the whole day.. for now, my hubby and i decided not to take a new one… unless terpaksa..hehe

  • balqis

    Hi…came across your blog while doing my daily surfing. I am also from KK, was wondering whether you have a suggestion for a good nursery here in KK? Any advise for me….. i have a maid now..but thinking of nursery too… i have two child and dont think my maid can handle both…


  • shirley

    Hi Balqis, I need to know which part of KK are you.. and how old are your children. I can give you information about nursery that i know.. you can give me details via email.

  • balqis

    hi…shirley…what is wrong with me… i couldnt find your email address.. lol…..

    anyway, im living in Kingfisher, my eldest girl is reaching two years on coming Jan. Am in dilema on whether its good to go for nursery or let her stay at home with maid. I visited a few nursery which I didnt quite like what I saw or perhaps my expectation is just too high…. Any info dear? Difficult to decide!

  • shirley

    Balqis, my email is It is always difficult to make a decision especially concerning our children…

    You need to follow your instinct.. if your maid is good, i would suggest they stay at home..but education wise.. you can send your eldest to Qdees for half day.. depending where you work.

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