Chief executive mother refuses to buy her two children birthday and Christmas presents to prevent them from ‘becoming spoilt’

A MOTHER-OF-TWO company chief executive refuses to buy her two young children birthday and Christmas presents so they “grow up feeling grateful” and they don’t become “spoilt”.

Kim Palmer, the chief executive of a wellness brand Clementine, has never bought festive gifts for her four-year-old son Louis and her 18-month-old baby Kingsley – let alone any birthday presents.

The 39-year-old told The Sun newspaper: “My Christmas list was always filled with toys and dolls, and on Christmas morning I’d wake to find all my wishes had been granted.

Kim Palmer, company CEO, refuses to buy her children birthday and Christmas gifts to stop them becoming ‘spoilt’. Picture: INSTAGRAM / CLEMENTINEAPPUK

“My worst fear was my children growing up to be spoilt. So when my four-year-old son was born, I told my husband Simon that I wanted our children to grow up feeling grateful for everything that they’re given.”

Ms Palmer does make a few exceptions so that her children are not left empty handed on the big day. She says she “doesn’t have any problems” with relatives buying her sons gifts.

She added: “My husband has a very large family and my parents send them presents over from New Zealand, so they’ll never be short of presents to open on Christmas Day. We want them to have the real Christmas experience.

Kim Palmer with her son – she refuses to buy her children birthday and Christmas gifts to stop them becoming ‘spoilt’. Picture: INSTAGRAM / CLEMENTINEAPPUK

“We do try to advise our relatives to gift our boys things that they need, and fewer things that they want. If we feel they’ve been given too many presents, we may hold some back to give to them at a later date.

“We try to focus on having experiences together and making memories as a family, rather than making it all about the material things. Kids are growing up in a world that over-stimulates them.”

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