SINGAPORE - You know what they say about a messy home being a happy home? Unfortunately for my children and husband, I don't subscribe to it.
Worse, I believe in child labour and the sharing of housework.
There are several other things I have learnt since we decided to do without a maid last year.
I am happier facing a clean and neat home. It makes my day when my kids and husband help with housework. Doing a little each day goes a long way.
At the same time, there are also several things I have learnt about my kids and husband.
They don't mind doing a little each day as long as there is time for play. They function better in a clean and neat home - they just don't realise it yet. It makes their day when I offer to do their chores.
From day one of my maid's departure, I have mandated that everyone helps out. Not even my three-year-old daughter Shannon is spared.
In fact, three is probably the best age to begin any housekeeping training - the child is less resistant and any job can be turned into a game.