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For long-term sitters or nannies, paid leave is an attractive alternative to a bonus. Paid leave means you've allowed your sitter or nanny to take the day off while still making what they would have if they were working. Paid leave works best for sitters with set hours; if your sitter works every Monday, Wednesday and Friday all day, give him or her a paid Friday off. Paid leave is the most unusual holiday gift as sitters are usually part-time, but it works well if you are looking to reward your sitter in a professional way. Make sure, however, that if you give your sitter paid leave that it really is a free day. Offering your sitter a paid day off and then using half of it with unexpected child care needs will likely insult her.
Remember, holiday gifts, bonuses and paid leave are all great options '- and the combination you present is up to you. The more appreciated your sitter feels, the more likely he or she is going to reciprocate in some fashion down the road.
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