Do You Tip a Nanny?

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Learn if you should you give your nanny a tip, when, and how much.

Should you give your nanny a tip? The short answer is yes, occasionally.

In general, you’ll want to give your nanny a tip or bonus around the holidays, and for exceptional work, such as working particularly hard over the summer, or helping you set up and take care of the kids during a birthday party.

The International Nanny Association reports that 60% of families give a holiday bonus.

A typical holiday bonus for a nanny is one to two weeks of pay, but families should work with what they can afford, and base it on the nanny’s performance throughout the year. You should also consider if you want the nanny to stay with you the next year. Giving a bonus can be a sign that you’d like to continue the employment, and can ensure they feel valued for their hard work.

It’s important to remember that while your kids are fantastic, being with them all day is hard. No matter how adorable they might be. So if you see your nanny looking particularly exhausted, they have worked a bunch of late nights in a row, or they mastered the potty training battle, providing a small bonus can be a nice gesture.

This can be a card with a gift card inside, a manicure appointment, movie passes, or a Starbucks card. Something that just says, I know this was hard, but I couldn’t do it without you. Your kindness and appreciation will go a long way.

Think of it this way: the most common complaints nannies have regarding the industry are the pay, and not feeling appreciated.

This is typically a job without a 401k or job growth, so they do it because they love kids, and more specifically, your kids. Plus, it would be a huge disruption if they left your family. Tipping your nanny is great because there is no misunderstanding, she’s appreciated.

A good practice is to budget a small nanny tip about three times a year, and then a larger nanny bonus at the holidays.

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