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1 Apr 2013

10 Ways to Reward Your Nanny Without Spending a Dime

You know the hard work your nanny puts into taking care of your children and keeping your house from being covered with toys and kids’ dirty laundry. Still, you may not always have the extra funds lying around to get her a really great gift as a “thank you” for the effort she puts into her job. There are ways around that, though. Here are a few ideas for different rewards for your nanny that won’t have you digging into your wallet.
  1. Favorite Meal – You and your children can prepare your nanny’s favorite meal for her, or a special meal planned by the kids as a thank you. You can make it seem formal by putting out a table cloth and sending your nanny an official invitation. Your nanny will appreciate the effort you and the kids put into the meal and realize just how grateful you are for her.
  2. “Thank You” Letter or Card – You can write a “Thank You” letter or card on occasion to give an indication of how glad you are to have your nanny in your lives. Better yet, have your kids sit down and write out what they like most about their nanny. Your nanny’s professional life revolves entirely around your children, so having the appreciation coming from them makes it that much more meaningful.
  3. “Thank You” Jar – Have the kids help you decorate a jar and label it as the “Thank You” jar. Every time your nanny does something that you or your kids are thankful for, write it on a slip of paper and put it in the jar. Once the jar is filled with your thanks, give it to the nanny as a reward for her good deeds. This shows her that everything she has done has been noticed.
  4. Verbal Praise – Simple verbal praise can act as a reward in itself. Just say, “thank you” to your nanny every day to show her how much you enjoy having her as your employee. Every employee, no matter their profession, likes to hear some kind of praise from her boss. You can tell her what a great job she’s done with helping to raise your children or share just how much of a difference she makes in all of your lives.
  5. Give a Mental Health Day – Everyone needs a day off work now and again to regroup and take a break. Reward your nanny with an extra day off, such as her birthday or a random day at her choosing. A Mental Health Day can be just the thing for a nanny who may be feeling run down, but she may not want to say anything in fear that it may jeopardize her position.
  6. Nanny of the Year –  It may not be the same prestigious award that you can get from the International Nanny Association, but an employee of the year award from you and the children will make her feel like her job is secure. There are several nannies out there that you could have chosen, but you chose her. By giving her an award, she knows that you do not regret that decision.
  7. Chore Left Undone – Give your nanny one week to ignore a chore that she usually does. There is always one chore people do not enjoy doing. Let her decide which one to leave undone and let that be her reward. One full week of not doing her least favorite chore is an unexpected way of thanking your nanny, and is likely to be enthusiastically received.
  8. Flowers from Your Garden – Flowers are always a great way to show appreciation, but they can get a bit expensive. Instead of spending big bucks at the florist’s shop, take some clipping shears out to your garden and clip some of the best blooms to give to your nanny.
  9. Play Money Reward – Money from old games can be used as a reward system. Each time a good deed is done, give your nanny some play money. Once she reaches a certain amount, she can “buy” a special treat or an extra day of vacation. Be creative. The sky is the limit for what the money can purchase.
  10. Performance – Organize a “Thank you” performance with your children. Kids love using their imaginations, so letting them produce and perform a play for their nanny would be a way to keep them entertained while showing your nanny what she means to you and the kids.
Working as a nanny can be one of the most rewarding and exciting careers out there, but it isn’t one that often comes with many thanks. A show of gratitude, however simple, is sure to touch your nanny’s heart and let her know just how important she is to your family.

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