Tipping is a hot topic these days. More and more services are introducing tipping options, so a lot of parents are asking themselves whether they should extend gratuity to their babysitter. Let’s dive into the subject and try to answer that question together.
First of all, tipping a babysitter isn’t all that common. Babysitters usually work on a fixed hourly wage, and in most cases, parents believe they are compensated well enough for the job they do. However, there are certain benefits to giving some type of reward to the babysitter.
By tipping your babysitter, you will make them feel appreciated, encourage them to do a better job, and go above and beyond in taking care of your child. Additionally, the babysitter will be more open to stepping in on short notice and making themselves available for a longer period of time. Good babysitters are hard to find, and tipping goes a long way in helping you keep one when you do find one.
However, this doesn’t mean you should tip your babysitter all the time. Keep the tipping for special occasions like holidays or when they do something beyond their main duties. Also, use it as a way of recognizing a good job they have done rather than an incentive to do a good job.
Finally, the amount of tip, if you decide to give it, should be at your own discretion. Take into account your family budget and their rate, among other factors.