Do you think Americans would be better off if they utilized household help more readily?
I have thought this for a long time, especially in the circumstance of a couple with children. I see people on Dr. Phil and other shows fight about the housework, women seem to say over and over again in studies that what will turn them on most is their husband helping them more with the household chores. A lot of those people can afford help, but Americans are typically not in that mindset.
I was watching the Brady Bunch tonight. They lived in a modest house (surprisingly few bedrooms actually for all those kids) he was an architect, she a housewife, and they had a live in maid. This is almost unheard of in America among the middle class. My only friends who had someone live in when children were first born were from Ecuador and they would typically bring a teenager from Ecuador to the country on an Au Pair Visa. I also had Mexican aquaintance who had someone come three times a week when her children were little to help do laundry, clean, and cook.
In some cultures having a maid is a matter of course. I am not saying it must be a live in maid, it could be once a week or every two weeks for the deep cleen so time is freed up to be with the family. For some cultures having a housekeeper is budgeted in like gas for the car and food for the table. Just another expense that is considered typical and not extravagant.