52 ways to thank your nanny during National Nanny Recognition Week — or any other week of the year
In the midst of hectic schedules and a to-do list a mile long, it can be easy to forget to take a step back and appreciate the people who help raise your kids. For many of you, that includes your nanny. That's why there's National Nanny Recognition Week, which is Sept. 22-28 this year.
Of course, you don't have to wait for this week to say thank you to your nanny through words or actions. Why not treat this special member of your family to a special "thank you" each and every week of the year?
Here are 52 ways — one for every week in the year — to say thank you to the person who plays such an important role in your children's lives.
1. Give an unexpected bonus
It doesn't have to be a lot, but something a little extra in her pocket can go a long way.
2. Make a list of all the reasons you appreciate her
Think of as many reasons as you can that you and the kids appreciate your nanny. Type out a list, print it out on nice paper and present it to her.
3. Create a thank-you message
Use a website like DesignWizard, and then send the message to your nanny and/or post it on social media.
4. Hide secret thank-you notes around the house
Have the children make up several thank-you notes (either handwritten or printed through sites like Blue Mountain), and then place the notes strategically throughout the house in places where she’s likely to discover them.
5. Write a poem to or about her
Ask the children to write a poem, thanking the nanny for everything she does.
6. Make a homemade gift that will touch your nanny's heart
Use Pinterest for inspiration, or pick up a gift on Etsy if you're not a do-it-yourselfer.
7. Get her a gift card to something she loves
Get something specific, based on her likes or interests, to show you really pay attention.
8. Encourage your nanny to pursue her education
Pay for nanny classes and certifications, starting with one of these 12 nanny training courses and certifications.
9. Let her sleep in
Let your live-in nanny sleep in or a live-out nanny come in late on a day when you can go into work late.
10. Do her least-favorite chore
Identify the daily chore you know she hates the most, and tell her to not worry about it for a few days.
11. Have her favorite snacks on hand
Pick up her favorite snacks the next time you head to the store so she can indulge whenever she needs a pick-me-up.
12. Send her off to the spa
Give her a gift certificate, and let her know that since she spends so much time taking care of others, this is her day to care for herself.
13. And if you can’t afford a full spa day…
Get her all the essentials she’ll need for a great spa day at home!
14. Ask your kiddos to come up with a song
Have them sing about what they like about their nanny and perform it for her.
15. Find a heartfelt greeting card
Mom and the Glamorous Housewife Bethany Herwgh says she gives her child's nanny of nine years a thank you card every Mother's Day to say thanks for helping raise her children.
16. Give her an extra paid day or night off
She can catch up on errands or her favorite shows.
17. Bake a special dessert
Make something special during her birthday week — or any week of the year.
18. Show that you value her professionalism
Sponsor her membership to the International Nanny Association for $35.
19. Surprise your nanny with breakfast
Have the kids surprise your live-in nanny with breakfast in bed, or have breakfast waiting for a live-out nanny when she arrives.
20. Pay it forward
"Nannies want to feel appreciated,” says Angela Riggs, the early childhood education associate dean at Sullivan University. “How great would it be for the nanny to have a surprise morning being pampered by her charges and family just for a couple of hours?"
21. Share your skills
Teach your nanny a new skill you possess that she's expressed interest in, like knitting or speaking French.
22. Just talk
Tell her that you value your relationship and talk about ways it can be improved.
23. Invite your nanny to family dinner
Whether that’s out on the town or a night with the whole family at home, your nanny is sure to enjoy being included.
24. Spell out your appreciation
Have the children come up with something they love about their nanny for each letter in the alphabet.
25. Treat her to an evening of entertainment
Stage a short "talent show," and have each family member perform. Let her vote on the best talent!
26. Get her personalized ‘nanny wear’
Find cute ideas on Pinterest or Instagram using #nannylife or #nannypride.
27. Flip the nanny duties around
"I have given my nanny an entire day off, where she can drop her daughter off with me and do whatever her heart desires," says Johnson.
28. Learn what her favorite candy is
Leave a piece with a nice thank you note somewhere she’ll find it during the day.
29. Give her a coupon book to use throughout the year
Stephanie Johnson, CEO of Bed Rest Concierge, says she gives her nanny a coupon book that might include things like a glass of wine as soon as she's off duty, bath time without a fight or a host of other special treats.
30. Have the kids make some super artwork
Ask them to create a picture just for their nanny, drawing her as a superhero with special super powers that only she has.
31. Buy a simple bouquet of flowers
Surprise her at the end of a long work day with a bouquet of her favorite flowers.
32. Create a family video that expresses appreciation
Do a skit, sing a song or share a thank you, then email it to her and post it on your social networking page as a token of thanks.
33. Produce a video with heartfelt music
Make her a video where the children and different members of the family individually thank her, adding her favorite music as the backdrop.
34. Design a scavenger hunt throughout the house
Put small tokens of appreciation, such as fancy chocolates or handmade notes, throughout the house, and have the children write up clues as to where to find them.
35. Make her a recipe book
Put together you favorite family recipes to show that she's a true member of your family.
36. Create a memory book
37. Get a yummy, edible bouquet
Edible Arrangements are always great substitutes if she's not into flowers — or make your own chocolate-covered fruit and present it to her.
38. Throw a party in her honor
Celebrate her birthday or the anniversary of when she started working with your family. Invite her friends and family, or just have it be an intimate affair with your family.
39. Indulge a sports fan by purchasing tickets
Get tickets for her and a guest to cheer on her team of choice — or give her free rein of your media room on sports day.
40. Plan a nannies-only night out for her
Talk to other friends who have nannies and coordinate a nannies-only date to help your caregiver make friends in the area.
41. Help her with an overwhelming task
Addressing holiday cards, for example.
42. Give her the gift of music
Purchase tickets for a concert performed by her favorite music group.
43. Have her house cleaned
Give your regular housekeeper extra money to clean your nanny’s home.
44. Make your nanny a quilt
Have your kids design special patches representing great times they have shared with her.
45. Bring home a treat for her
Stop on your way home from work and get her something so she can relax at the end of the rough day. A nice bottle of wine with chocolates always does the trick.
46. Make her some jewelry
Help the kids make a pretty beaded necklace for your nanny, which shows off her favorite colors and materials.
47. Get her a nice, new purse
Pick her up a new purse to help her haul around all those things she needs to care for your kids.
48. Help your kids make a holiday ornament
The ornament should represent her personality, an interest or what she means to your family.
49. Personalize a photo frame or collage
Take a picture of her with the children and put it in a personalized frame to commemorate the moment, or put a bunch of photos on a dream board for her.
50. Make her a motivating workout playlist
Thank a nanny who runs or hits the gym regularly by making her a special playlist.
51. Give her cozy gifts in the winter
Give her a pair of warm, fuzzy slippers during the winter months, putting in a nice bottle of lotion to combat the dry weather.
52. Say ‘thank you’
A simple “thank you” sometimes speaks volumes and lets her know just how much she's appreciated.