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    just a side note:

    i read on yahoo!news a couple of days ago that 80% of mobile phones in the UK have been detected to have feces on them!

    their conclusion was that a lot of people lie about their personal hygeine....

    ewwwww! don't think i will ever borrow another mobile phone again! yikes!

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    carang, that is TOTALLY disgusting. I'm forever wet wiping my phone but it's probably useless given my hubby doesn't wipe his and I use it...arghhhhhhh.....

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    I don't know why I'm such a wimp with her. I'm very straightforward with people at work when there is something wrong. But I somehow feel so embarassed to tell her things, like don't cut your fingernails on my kitchen counter! Maybe I will say something on Monday, but it feels weird to tell her 2 days later.

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    Gracey, don't be so hard on yourself, I completely understand how you feel. At work it is a completely different thing, like I don't agree with the way the project is going, why don't you do this....it's not that personal, it's more job related. For things like this, it seems personal in a way.....not sure if it really is, because for helpers it is their job, but it does seem to be personal (coming from my mouth, my perspective) anyway....

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    the thing is.... it IS personal... it is her personal hygiene that is leaving a lot to be desired.

    i once worked with a welsh woman who didn't wear deoderant... it was awful having to stand beside her! but how do you tell a grown woman that she stinks?

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    Eeeuw! What's this crunchy thing in my sandwich? Oh a nail!

    It is awkward to remind someone about their personal hygiene. Sometimes, I can get away by reminding my child about manners & hygiene in front of the helper so she also realizes how important it is. But if you don't have a toddler to rebuff some potentially embarrassing issues, you might have to just steel yourself for an uncomfortable situation by talking to her.

    Good luck Gracey!

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    Hi Gracey,

    I share your frustration so so much. I guess I'm afraid to confront my helper about hygiene issues because although I take care of my baby myself, I still very much rely on her to do the cleaning and cooking for my baby, and she can easily do creepy things if she feels I have offended her. I also freaked out when I saw my helper cleaned the mop in our kitchen sink, is that where they clean the mop in their country? and I can go on and on with similar anecdotes.

    For my baby's sake, I try to keep my helper happy, i smile at her even when I'm mad like a cow with her. it's sad, but this seems to be the only way for us...

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    @ yvonnewyw, if this is really the case you need to hire a new helper. You shouldn't need to try top keep your helper to prevent some sort of petty revenge. Believe me, when you get the right helper, you won't need to tiptoe and feign your emotions around her!

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