When is it okay to provide your babysitter with a little extra cash at the end of the night?
A few recent studies have shown that most people will tip their babysitter at the end of the night, but still many parents are providing their babysitters with little to no tip. The tipping routine for babysitters is a little awkward, as it doesn’t fall under the job umbrellas of most places where one might tip. And many are saying that it is okay to pay your babysitters the appropriate rate, without having to add a little extra for a babysitter who performs their role adequately.
While this may come as a relief to some, there are a few different scenarios that could leave room for a tip at the end of the night. Here are 5 scenarios experts believe that it is appropriate to reward your babysitter with additional funds:
1. Extra work – cooking for the kids, a big cleanup around the house, picks up the kids from an event/school, etc.
2. Difficult situations/Illness – if your child is sick, or if your child is difficult around bedtime.
3. Unforeseen circumstances – if your child becomes sick, if a neighbor has to drop off a child for an emergency situation, etc.
4. Timing – if you are arriving after the agreed upon end time, if you book them last minute
5. Regular Sitter – if you have a regular sitter, it is okay not to tip them everyday, but it should be accumulative for all the work that they have done.
Do you think it is important to tip your babysitter, or should they be happy with the hourly rate?
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