Mum Kayleigh Moran has told how she was shamed after sharing photos of her daughter’s Christmas present pile on social media.
Cruel comments claimed the 26-year-old’s daughter was a ‘spoilt brat’ when they saw the gift haul on a Christmas Facebook page where parents share tips.
While Kayleigh admits she usually goes ‘overboard with Christmas and birthdays’, she described people’s responses as ‘unfair’.
She also pointed out that only child Daisy, aged seven, does a lot of charity fundraising, reports the MEN.
Kayleigh – who spent around £600 on her presents this Christmas – insists she works very hard to ‘give her everything and more.’
She added: “What has annoyed me is that even though she is spoilt, she is a beauty pageant finalist and she does a lot of charity work.
“Throughout the year she’s raised over a thousand pounds for a children’s cancer charity, as well as various collections for our local zoo, cat sanctuary and Women’s Aid.”
Daisy’s presents this year include a new tablet, a violin, a keyboard, Little Mix make-up set and LOL doll toys.
Kayleigh works full-time running her own small business and hoping to return to her job waitressing in a restaurant once it reopens to be able to afford the gifts.
She added “I’ve worked since being 13 and I’ve worked for everything we have. On a normal week I’ll work 40 hours and I also own a small craft business.
“Everything Daisy gets I’ve worked for, I don’t get much help from her dad.
“I don’t spend much on myself, I don’t get my hair or nails done or have the latest phone, but Daisy goes to the hairdresser every few weeks and when Covid is over we’re hoping she can have her nails done at a salon on a regular basis.
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“She’s into her Spanish clothes, Monsoon and sport designers and her wardrobe is filled with them. Mine still has Primark clothes from years ago, but I’d rather spend on Daisy and make sure she has everything and more.
“She’s also the only grandchild to my mum and she gets spoilt rotten by her. She has her own bedroom there full of antiques bought for her, and has gold jewellery from her.
“From birth she would be taken out in a big Spanish dress and gold bracelet and gold earrings, she certainly wasn’t the Primark range.”
Single mum Kayleigh added: “A couple of years back we went to Disneyland for Christmas and I still spent £700 just on present. This year I’ve cut back slightly but she still has loads.
“Daisy is my only child so I do spoil her a lot, but she’s not a brat, she’s a pageant girl for Natural Beauty Wales and does lots of volunteer and community work.
“She sorts through her old toys to donate to children’s charities and she regularly holds collections for animal shelters and food banks.”
Daisy has been going to dance class since being 12 months old and regularly takes part in pageants – hobbies that cost Kayleigh, from North Wales, thousands of pounds.
“They can be pricey with everything and pageants cost hundreds, but it’s all worth it,” she said. “Daisy’s gained so much confidence and does really well in them.
“She’s been doing the pageants for about a year-and-a-half and I stopped counting after the first £2,000.
“Dance has easily cost a few grand since she was born with lessons weekly and outfits. I’ve been lucky with her pageant outfits as I buy them from eBay and spend literally weeks adding diamantes on.
“But when she goes on the stage next in Chester for Natural Beauty Wales, her dresses are going to cost a good couple of hundred each and she needs three of those, then there’s hair appointments on top.”
She added: “She’s a clever girl as well as good hearted and I don’t see why she shouldn’t be spoilt if she’s a good kid. She does well in school, has lots of friends, she wants to be a paleontologist when she is older, she’s had a bank account from birth for university.”
After Kayleigh’s Facebook post attracted some negative comments, other parents defended her actions.
One said: “Wow there really are some b***** ‘mothers’ on here!
“So what, it’s her kid, she can buy what she wants for HER CHILD! I wouldn’t even wanna post the stuff I’ve got my 2 year old son because I’ll get called a bad mother for having bought too much stuff for him. Ya can’t win these days it’s pathetic man.”
Another added: “I absolutely hate posts like this. Not because of the amount of presents but because of all the b****** comments they get. It’s not going to affect you or your child what someone else gets for Christmas just move on.
“I absolutely love my little one having a big pile at Christmas but she doesn’t ask for very much. She also doesn’t ask through the year.
“We spend hundreds and there’s not a single person who would be able to make me feel bad for that. Since when was spoiling your kids one day a year a bad thing? People need to wind their necks in a bit.”
Another mum rightly pointed out that a pile of presents is no indication of how much someone has spent anyway.
She said: “To the negative Nellie’s on here…how do you know the majority isn’t from the pound shop? 20 bits from the pound shop would look like a massive stash but only cost £20!
“Be kind most of you were spouting at the start of the year, didn’t last long did it! Hypocrites at its finest. Merry Christmas to the poster and everyone else.”