Mom too skinny to afford rugs buys kids designer clothes so they can ‘look good’

A mum who can’t afford to put carpet in her own home says she’s happy to splurge on designer outfits for her kids – so people believe she’s a good parent.

Kelly McKenna said her demanding 12-year-old daughter Chase had Burberry bedding and a number of Gucci outfits, reports the mirror.

She said she felt people would think she was a better mum if she dressed her children in expensive clothes – with seven-year-old Mackenzie and 14-year-old Rhys also watching the role.

They starred in the Channel 5 documentary 12 Year Old Shopaholic and Other Big Spending Kids in 2014 and the clip has just resurfaced on social media.

Chase with his designer gear

It left users’ jaws on the ground as Kelly and her husband Alan from Bexley, south-east London gave in to their demands.

“People would say ‘you don’t have a mat but your kids are running at Lacoste,'” Kelly explains on the show.

“We’re money shitheads, we don’t have any savings, we live everyday life as it is.

“I had my kids young and I felt like if I dressed them in designer clothes, people would think I was doing a good job.

“As soon as they were born, they all wore designer clothes. I wanted my children to look good.

“We could have loads of bills and I could still go to bed and sleep. Things like that don’t worry me.”

Chase trying on some of the ostentatious purchases bought for her
Chase trying on some of the ostentatious purchases bought for her

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Viewers were stunned to see the mum confess that she can’t afford to lay carpet because of the expense.

The show focused on spoiled Chase, who refuses to shop on the high street.

The children say they are often given £300 each a week to spend on looking good.

“I’ve already had £150 this week and it’s only Tuesday,” boasted the 12-year-old.

“If I ask dad something and I don’t get a yes right away, I give him ‘The Face’.

“I like brands…Ralph, Juicy, Gucci. I don’t do Primark!”

The couple say they sometimes struggle to meet the constant demands of their children.

Kelly stays home to take care of the children while her husband runs his own construction business.

She continued, “We’re useless with money but we don’t get benefits. Alan works for it.”

“My mum always said ‘you’re not here forever, so spend it while you can’ and I think she’s right.”

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