I hired a maid yesterday (and yes, the term here is maid). Since we arrived in Riyadh, we've fielded up to 10 calls a day from maids looking for work. Yes, word gets around when a new family moves into the compound. The going rate for help is $6.00 an hour for housecleaning or childcare. I've hired "Anna" to come 3 times a week to help with a lot of the heavy cleaning.
But I kind of feel guilty about it. I don't have a problem with people hiring help to clean their homes. I have friends who have help. My mom has a cleaner come in once a week. Really, it's cool. But for me???? Yikes! Am I being lazy? Am I providing yet another opportunity for my kids to be lazy and fail to learn the value of hard work? Or am I doing the right and moral thing by hiring someone? I know I will treat them well and decently, which isn't something that is always guaranteed by other employers.