Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Day in the Life of A....

What are some of the things that these people do in an average work day?
  • Accountant: Updates ledger / balance sheets, pay bills, chase for payments, ensures sufficient cash flow for the month

  • Cook: Menu planning, mise en place for the day's meals

  • Chauffer: Drives boss around, ensures that he / she gets to destination in time

  • Housekeeper: Tidy / clean house, deal with laundry (washing, ironing, folding), grocery shopping, prepare meals

  • Nanny: Feed baby, change diapers, gives baby a bath, plays with baby, prepares baby's meals / milk feeds

  • Secretary: Ensures boss has the necessary documents for the day's meetings, manages boss' calendar

  • Teacher: Plan curriculum, prepare teaching materials, conduct lessons, discipline students

What does a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) do on an average day?
  • Pay bills
  • Ensures expenditure is within monthly budget
  • Prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Plans meals for the week
  • Tidy / clean house
  • Deal with laundry
  • Buys groceries
  • Feed baby
  • Change diapers
  • Gives baby / children a bath
  • Plays with baby / children
  • Discipline children
  • Teach children manners, words, songs, numbers, colours, etc..
  • Drives children to/from school and activites
  • Ensures that family calendar is in order
  • Ensures that kids go to school with their bags packed with what they need for the day
So is the SAHM truly a 'tai-tai' (local term meaning lady of leisure)? If so, why does she usually work more than 12 hours a day, with no annual leave, medical leave or public holidays? Why is it that it is socially accepted to hire a maid to manage the chores and care for children - the maid is paid for doing this and it is considered decent work, yet when one does all these and more as a SAHM, it is not considered work? How many times have I been asked, when are you going back to work? Am I not working already??

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