According to Yahoo Parenting, we should keep in mind the people who take care of our kids the most during the holiday season. But while I usually like to buy small gifts or pool my money with other parents to buy our teachers a class gift (which is usually organized by the homeroom mom), I’ve never really considered giving a “tip.” But according to some experts, I should.
Here’s a little more:
The people who care for our children are one of the biggest categories to consider when planning holiday gifts. In a December survey on Park Slope Parents, a parenting group in Brooklyn, New York, 425 respondents indicated a few average tip or gift amounts. For babysitters, a week’s pay (or $80 for an occasional sitter) was the typical gift. At a preschool or daycare, the head teacher got around $63 while a secondary teacher’s take was around $47. In the K-12 world, teachers averaged $39, as did special services teachers, and afterschool providers got $37.
“You generally want to recognize people with whom you enjoy a relationship throughout the year,” Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert and owner of the Protocol School of Texas, tells Yahoo Parenting. “Consider quality of service and your budget, and tip or gift from the heart.”
Honestly, I’ve never really heard of this concept before and quite frankly don’t feel comfortable giving a teacher a monetary gift. There’s a huge difference between giving someone a gift card from Target or $40 in an envelope for a job that they are already paid to be doing. In fact, I have a feeling that many teachers would even feel bad about accepting the money or would even think of it as a bribe, too (and how awkward would that make things, right?).
Tell us Hot Moms, what do you think? Are parents supposed to “tip” their children’s babysitters and teachers during the holiday season?