A lot of hullabaloo on how yayas and helpers are treated were brought up in the past month. I was recently interviewed in a mommy magazine on how we should deal with them. My answer was to treat them as people. Yayas, helpers, kasambahays, or however they are called are still human beings like us. They deserve the same respect and love that we give to others.
I know of a lot of people who complain about abusive and disrespectful behavior from their helpers. I, too, have been a victim of these kinds of people. But, again, to that I say, we cannot generalize. I have had my yaya for two years plus now and the ride with her (like any relationship) is not perfect. We have gotten into arguments before. She has gotten into arguments with my husband. But, what I think led her to stay is that we treated her fairly and we treated her with respect. We treated her like how we would treat a family member. We love our yaya and I hope she stays with us.
During her stay, I have had her attend workshops before so that she could increase her knowledge. I believe that even our helpers should be given the opportunity to grow as individuals. They should be given the opportunity to learn more about what they do best or even about things that would make their life comfortable.
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