Mum refuses to buy her kids Christmas gifts... although she can afford to
13 December 2018, 12:04 | Updated: 13 December 2018, 13:42
The mum-of-two won't buy her sons Christmas or birthday presents, and doesn't intend to either.
A mum is refusing to ever buy her sons presents as she doesn't want them becoming 'spoilt'.
Keen to teach her sons the true meaning of the estate season, 39-year-old Kim explained that her finances 'have no part to play' in the decision to never give her kids birthday or Christmas gifts.
She told Fabulous: "My Christmas list was always filled with lots of toys and dolls, and on Christmas morning I’d wake to find all my wishes had been granted.
"But while opening one gift after another, I never truly appreciated what was inside. Instead, I'd look forward to discovering my next magical treat.
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"My worst fear was my children growing up to be spoilt."
Kim continued: "So when my four-year-old son was born, I told my husband Simon, 38, that I wanted our children to grow up feeling grateful for everything that they’re given.
"I decided that I wouldn’t buy my children gifts at Christmas. Our finances have no part to play in our decision.
"My husband is a teacher, and I am a strategy director and CEO of a wellness brand for women called Clementine, so we would have no issue with buying our sons lots of extravagant Christmas presents if we chose to do so."
"Call me crazy, but Christmas shouldn’t be all about the presents.
Explaining that she's still a big fan of Christmas, Kim elaborated: "I want to teach my children the value of money, and raise them to appreciate all they are given. I feel that less is more, especially at this time of the year.
"Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas - and our son loves it too! My four-year-old has just started to understand Christmas and how it all works; of course, he believes in Santa.
"We will decorate our house with twinkling lights and make sure our children have the best day. The only difference is, they won’t receive any presents from us.
"I don’t have any problems with relatives buying our sons gifts. My husband has a very large family and my parents send them special presents over from New Zealand, so they’ll never be short of presents to open on Christmas Day. After all, we want them to have the real Christmas experience.
"However, we do try to advise our relatives to gift our boys things that they need, and fewer things that they want.
"In the lead up to Christmas, if we feel they’ve been given too many presents, we may hold some back to give to them at a later date."