The Etiquette of Gift Giving for Daycare Providers
Molly, one of our readers has posed the following question:
Being a relatively new mom, I'm unsure as to the etiquette of gift-giving for daycare providers. I've purchased one of my favorite cookbooks for Willa's caretaker, but I'm beginning to feel like I'd like to do a bit more for her (it's an in-home daycare with four kids). She's wonderful with the kids, works really long hours, and (not that this is my concern, but) I feel like she doesn't get paid nearly enough for what she does. Anyway, what do other mothers think about giving a cash gift as well--kind of like a (mini) Christmas bonus? We're certainly not rolling in it or anything, but I do feel like if I"m going to spend money anywhere, it should be toward the well-being and happiness of my child's caretaker. Is this gauche? And if I might close with a question that is surely gauche, how much seems appropriate?