This week brought us a thought provoking article from the Washington Post’s parenting blog: Are we asking enough of our kids?
The author refers to research suggesting American parents have lower expectations from their children than parents in non-Western societies, where children routinely take on domestic tasks. This difference stems from a strong focus on the child in less traditional American families.
And then we have some more questions about the role of nannies from the Macau Daily Times, followed by a look at the local Filipino helper community, Filipina women being the preferred “household service workers” in Macau.
It’s an interesting view of a society where having a live-in worker for child care and other domestic tasks is the norm and the article does a good job presenting the workers’ perspective.