Moms are known for multitasking. But it can be too much to juggle caring for a baby and managing your household. Having a yaya and a helper or kasambahay will lighten the load. You might be having second thoughts because of your limited budget. With a set of hands comes an additional mouth to feed.
Yayas usually specialize in handling kids, and some can multitask and may accept the all-around jobs as a maid, a cook, and a cleaner. If you’re at your wit’s end and on the fence about hiring one, here are ten signs that it might be time to take the plunge.
1. You’re always exhausted.
The demands of being a mother can cause burnout when you’re also working full-time and taking care of the house. If you find yourself constantly exhausted, it’s time to ask for help. With your extra bandwidth, you can relax and focus at work. Learn to delegate tasks because you can’t always do everything yourself.
2. You’re constantly stressed.
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential for any working mom. But if you’re always worried about chores and your home becomes a constant source of stress, a yaya is a lifesaver. She can help with everything from cooking to child care and laundry. She can provide companionship for kids, giving them someone to talk to and play with.
3. You don’t have enough time for your family.
If you constantly tell your spouse that you don’t have enough time for them, it’s a sign you need to pause for a while and ask for help. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being a hands-on parent to your child, but neglecting your relationship with your partner can also become a source of stress in the long run.
4. You are expecting a baby.
For most new parents, the arrival of their bundle of joy is accompanied by a whole host of new responsibilities. However, some couples hesitate to hire help, believing they can do everything independently. For one thing, a yaya can provide an extra set of hands around the house, giving you more time to bond with your new baby.
5. You have young children.
Young children are a lot of work. From constant feeding and diaper changes to never-ending games of peek-a-boo, it’s easy to feel like you’re constantly on the go. You also need to take into account the sleep you lose. Think about it: with someone else taking care of your child, you can focus on work or business and bring in a higher income as your family grows.
6. You’re caring for elderly relatives.
We all know that caring for elderly relatives can be a challenge, especially if you’re already juggling work and family responsibilities. Hiring a helper may seem unnecessary, but this could be one of the best decisions. Having someone else around to help with cooking, cleaning, and other household tasks can free up your time.
7. You’re spending too much money on take-outs.
Convenience foods are typically more expensive than homemade meals and often lack nutritional value. A helper can take care of meal prep, freeing up your time to cook healthy meals from scratch.
8. You don’t have any Me-time.
When caring for others, it’s time to invest in some help. A yaya can free up your time, and you can focus on your partner or care for your health. Go out with friends once in a while and maintain your social life.
9. Your home is always a mess.
No matter how much you clean, your home always seems cluttered and messy. It’s time to get some help around the house. A helper is a sign of wisdom and responsibility. After all, keeping your home clean and tidy can be a full-time job. Your home is your sanctuary – it should be a place where you can relax and unwind, not a source of stress and frustration.
10. You are not getting enough sleep.
Once you have kids, your sleep schedule changes dramatically. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it can negatively affect your health, work performance, and relationship with your partner. If you’re at the point where you’re regularly running on empty, it’s time to wave the white flag and surrender: ask for help!
Can you relate to any of these situations above? If yes, which one matches your dilemma? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.