To Tip or Not to Tip – That is the Question
Once parents find a great, reliable, experienced, compassionate babysitter, they will go to great lengths to keep her (or him) happy. They’ll pay her on time, stock her favorite foods, thank her profusely…but should they be tipping her as well?
Today, most babysitters are paid a pretty competitive hourly wage -more than I was earning back in my babysitting days! – but they’re also responsible for our most valuable commodities – our kids! We sincerely appreciate all that our babysitters do for us, so should we show our gratitude with tips and bonuses? And, if so, when and how do we do it?
There are no set rules or guidelines, but here are a few suggestions:
- Consider a tip or bonus for a Christmas/Chanukah gift – and as a thank you for all their hard work throughout the year.
- Tip your sitter if she went “above and beyond” for you – she stayed late so you could attend a last-minute meeting or watched your kids while you went on an overnight trip.
- Pay a bit extra on big holidays – like when your sitter watches your kids on New Year’s Eve. (Keep her happy so she’ll be willing to watch them on Valentine’s Day, too!)
- As a lovely surprise – Sometimes a tip or financial bonus is most meaningful when it comes out of the blue. Try tipping your sitter on a random Wednesday and thank her for taking such wonderful care of your family.