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What Does it Mean to Be Fair?

This blog post is dedicated to my Ma'am Lily from Candelaria, Quezon, Philippines, the wonderful nanny who helped raise my siblings and me -- and the millions of caregivers for our children, adult special needs and our parents/grandparents who dedicate their lives to help mold our loved ones, give us peace of mind and allow us to do what we do everyday! Thank you!

Parents and families, please take the pledge and join us in spreading the word to thank and respect our caregivers. It’s time we started to think differently about how we treat the people who work in our homes.

And a special thank you to the Clinton Global Initiative and President Clinton for honoring our commitment to launch the Fair Care Pledge with the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Hand-in-Hand.

>Learn more about why I’m so passionate about this topic

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Comments
Anabel in Trenton, NJ
Jan. 14, 2019

I will make sure to spread the word. This is an important issue that can't be ignored because caregivers are essential to the community. They provide an invaluable service that should be appreciated and valued.

Desiree in Tyler, TX
June 30, 2018

Next time you try to haggle the price down consider what someone would have to pay you to do the service your requesting. Consider the following from a housekeepers perspective. And check out my blog https://housekeeperintylertx.b... It's sad but true. Don't get me wrong, I have some good ones now, but I have certainly had my share of I hagglers. Some people try to barter my fee for cleaning homes like it's unfair. It's unfair alright, to me. I support my family and have bills to pay. That does not mean people understand a fair wage for a housekeeper. Nor do they understand the amount of work that it takes to detail a home and keeper it that way. I once had a lady ask me to detail her entire house (including all appliances, baseboards, and walls), plus clean her outside patio for $50 week. So I am supposed to spend an entire day cleaning her home for basically nothing. Housekeepers, gardeners, nannies, etc. are people not slaves. In fact their not just regular people, they are entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are considered a valuable resource to economists. Your housekeeper, nanny, or other hired help is probably quite intelligent and probably has skills you wouldn't expect. In fact, a lot of successful cleaning companies started out as a single person working from the bottom. Entrepreneurs typically don't mind getting their hands dirty and enjoy providing the service they provide.

User
June 16, 2015

This conversation is long overdue, it's sad to think you need to take a pledge to treat the person you've hired to help you care for your children fairly but I've seen too many families treat care givers as indentured servants taking advantage of their care givers undocumented status by underpaying and ignoring general employer guidelines. We pay our nanny a living wage, it's a significant portion of our budget but we didn't feel we could ask so some to help us raise our daughter and expect them to absorbe the financial hit. When I hear what friends and colleagues pay their nannies I'm shocked, I have no idea how their care givers can survive on what they make. As parents we want to provide the best for our children and there is nothing wrong with having a budget, perhaps this issue needs to be discussed in tandem with America's increased work loads and stagnant wages.

User
June 16, 2015

This conversation is long overdue, it's sad to think you need to take a pledge to treat the person you've hired to help you care for your children fairly but I've seen too many families treat care givers as indentured servants taking advantage of their care givers undocumented status by underpaying and ignoring general employer guidelines. We pay our nanny a living wage, it's a significant portion of our budget but we didn't feel we could ask so some to help us raise our daughter and expect them to absorbe the financial hit. When I hear what friends and colleagues pay their nannies I'm shocked, I have no idea how their care givers can survive on what they make. As parents we want to provide the best for our children and there is nothing wrong with having a budget, perhaps this issue needs to be discussed in tandem with America's increased work loads and stagnant wages.

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