Do people really give a week's salary? I am blown away by this! There is no way we can afford that. I plan on giving her a full week's pay when I am contractually obligated to only give her half since I will be on vacation. Am I just being cheap? We use an inhome provider.
If we used a day care or in home provider, I would not give a week's salary. I believe with a nanny, we are paying for the personalized service and convenience, and she is our employee, so it's like her holiday bonus. Plus, she cares for my child, so it's totally worth it to us. Now, if we couldn't afford a week's salary, we would give her a different amount. We try to be generous with her, because she is generous with us in terms of scheduling, working extra hours if needed, babysitting on date nights, etc.