Whether you look forward to tips or dread them, it's that time of year. According to Consumer Reports, 62 percent of its surveyed respondents reported giving child care providers tips averaging $40. While extra money around the holidays is always a welcome bonus, it's often awkward to accept a tip. If you feel awkward about accepting tips, consider this: tips are also known as "gratuities." Tips are a way to show gratitude for the service offered. Recognize tips as a sign of appreciation, and you'll likely feel less awkward with your response. Here's a simple way to respond: "Thank you. It's been a pleasure to care for your child this year."