Your caregiver does a lot to help your family and household run smoothly. They keep your little ones or elder safe when you’re away, they make sure that those in their care are clean and fed, and they may even run errands like picking up milk or medications. Sometimes employees go above and beyond what’s written in their job contract, and when they do you should make sure you show your gratitude and appreciation. It will brighten their day and let them know that they are appreciated.
Showing your gratitude doesn’t have to cost a thing. Here are eight free ways to say thank you to your caregiver, nanny, or household employee for all that they do.
Write a quick note! It can be as simple as “Thanks for taking Sarah to Soccer yesterday, I really appreciate it!” or as elaborate as a heartfelt letter. You can leave it where your nanny will find it, and when they do it’s sure to put a smile on their face.
Do something thoughtful for them! If your employee goes above and beyond their job, return the favour by doing something thoughtful for them. Drop off the letter they have been meaning to mail at the post office, return the library books they finished, or make them a cup of tea.
Pick flowers with the kids and present them to her! This have fun written all over it. Take your family for a walk, and pick flowers as you go. When you return your little ones will have a handful of flowers to present as a thank you gift. Throw in a little education by telling the kids the name of each flower that you find.
Make their favorite dish! Food is a tasty way to say thank you to someone. Bake a batch of their favorite cookies or tell them you are making their fav food at dinner as a way to say thanks for all that they do.
Let the kids take them breakfast in bed! Treat your caregiver to a breakfast in bed served up by the little ones. If they are a live-out employee, you can have breakfast ready for them when they arrive.
Snap a pic of your caregiver with your loved ones! Print it out on your printer and either put it on the fridge or display it somewhere where he or she will see it. This shows them that they are more than just an employee.
Have the kids make cards or drawings for them! Kiddos LOVE making cards and drawings for others, so why not suggest that they make something special for their nanny.
Verbally say “thank you.” This should be a given, but many times we are so busy rushing around, working, caring for the kiddos, taking care of mum, and do everything else we need to do that saying thanks slips our mind. Make sure you take the time to stop for a minute, look them in the eye, and thank them. A few kind words can go a long way!
About the Author:
Deborah Shure is the owner and founder of NannyTax, the premier nanny payroll service in Canada. With over 25 years of combined financial experience, Deborah and her team are the most trusted source of nanny payroll information. When she isn’t busy providing “nanny tax frustration relief”, Deborah is spending time with her 3 kids doing all the things that supermoms do!