Bad As A Mother

Are you bad as a mother?

Think you are almost finished with your holiday shopping? You better not forget the tips. Bet you didn’t know that there were so many tips to give around Christmas.  Back in the day  your child’s teacher got a mug and a card and you called it a day (sidebar- don’t give teachers any more mugs. Check out my post on teacher gifts ) Now? You have to get the music teacher, the preschool director and if your kid gets any services, you better pull out the checkbook. As a teacher myself, I totally understand that a parent might want to give a little something at the end of the year, but where does it end? Apparently not here. Your tipping days have only just begun.

The Garbage and Recycling Guys

If you thought the monthly bill you get for trash disposal was your gift to said refuse company, think again. Not only do you have to tip the guy that picks up your garbage, but there is another guy who does the recycling. That means you need to tip him too. If you think you can get away with just one tip, you’re sorely mistaken. Two days of pickup equals two days of tips. Cash is king when it comes to garbage and recycling!

The Mail Guy

You may have thought that your friendly neighborhood postal worker got a salary just like everyone else. Guess what? It doesn’t matter. You still owe him a tip. You wanna know why? Because that dude delivers your packages in the damn snow. That’s why. Even though he is not technically supposed to accept the tip, you have to give it anyway. If you aren’t comfortable giving cash, I’ve heard that you can sub out a gift card instead. Get on it. If you don’t know if your postal worker is a Starbucks or Dunkin guy, what kind of person are you?

The Cleaning People

Maybe you have some help around the house from time to time. Maybe you even have a cleaning person every week. You probably pay them in cash or Venmo and nobody asks any questions about that. The time comes when you think you should give them a gift. I mean, just because you pay them for a service doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a tip. If you were thinking of a nice box of chocolates you better think again. You are paying $100 each time they come? The week before Christmas, you better double it. That’s right, I said double it. Don’t be cheap.

The Babysitter/Nanny

You didn’t think you could get away with just paying your nanny or babysitter for the time they spent with your child did you? You clearly didn’t know that this individual gets a double serving for the holidays as well. If you pay your nanny $1000 a week, you are going to have to double that. Come on! You ARE working, right? Cash and Venmo accepted here as well.


Good thing you got that prime shipping from Amazon so you don’t have to pay for those shipping costs all year. But wait, you know that many of your numerous packages arrive via FedEx or UPS. Guess what? You better start using that money you saved on prime and put it in a little jar for the delivery guys. You get a lot of large packages or packages multiple times a day? The price just went up. Don’t even think about baking cookies and thinking that will be enough.

If your head is spinning already, I should probably mention that you also have to tip your nail tech, colorist, personal stylist, doorman, valet, makeup artist and just about anyone else who has done a service for you this year. And of course, they all take cash or Venmo. Happy Holidays!

This was originally posted on December 15, 2017 and updated November 14, 2019

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