Pushover mom feeds daughter’s designer duds addiction (and needs to work three jobs to do so!)

By admin
17 June 2014

We don't know whether to feel pity or frustration for this British mom of two, who works three jobs to support her 15-year-old daughter's shopping habits.

Sjoe, we’re not so sure who to raise an eyebrow at – the bratty daughter or the mom who allows her to behave this way! British mom Jackie Welsh clearly doesn’t know when to put her foot down. Jackie, from Morecambe, England, works three jobs to fund her 15-year-old daughter’s lavish lifestyle. “I have a lot of shoes,” Lauren Walsh says, giving a guided tour of her extensive shoe collection. She shows off a pair of Hunter wellingtons, retailing for R1346, which she has never worn. “I was begging my mum for these, and said I’d wear them all the time.”

“She buys them and I don't ask. I just say thank you. I know my mum is a pushover."

Lauren’s shoe collection covers the floor of her pink carpeted bedroom floor. “They were really expensive but I haven’t even worn them once. Most of them I don’t even wear!”

Jackie, Lauren’s mother, works as a carer for £6.81(R122) an hour. In addition to that, the generous mother of two works another two jobs to fund her daughter’s lifestyle. For one of them, she is paid a minimum wage as a cleaner.

Lauren spends over £600 (nearly R11 000) a month on her wardrobe. She says that she feels under pressure to look good. “I do feel pressurised when I see people in magazines. They look like normal people but they're really pretty and they're wearing all new clothes, so you think, oh if I wear those, I'll look really good as well.”

“I am soft with my girls,” Jackie says. “I know that I am soft and even my friends will say ‘Say no to them Jackie!’ but I can’t.” She says her philosophy boils down to “if you’ve got it, spend it”. The mom who can’t say no is currently looking for her fourth job. She says that making her daughters happy is worth it.

Lauren Welsh, top right, spends over R11 000 a month on designer clothing. She features on Channel5's "The 12 Year Old Shopaholic, and Other Big Spending Kids". Lauren Welsh, top right, spends over R11 000 a month on designer clothing. She features on Channel5's "The 12 Year Old Shopaholic, and Other Big Spending Kids". PHOTO: redhousetv.co.uk

“Lauren just loves shopping but then so do I,” she adds. “She probably gets that from me. If you've got it, spend it - that's what I say.” She explains the reasons why she works herself to the bone, “Lauren’s totally different when we go out shopping. She’s so full of energy and we have a good time and laugh and joke…It gives her a lift, I think, for that short while.”

The pampered 15-year-old describes herself as ‘spoilt’. “I think my friends would describe me as spoilt and I don't disagree with them because I know I am,” she laughs.

She’s not completely reliant on her mother, and does a paper round to help fund her shopping addiction.

However, her laziness prevents her from completing the job. “I do half of it – maybe 10 papers,” Lauren’s mom says.

The teen manages to deliver about 14 newspapers. “I do it in the car with my mother because it’s easier and the bag is quite heavy sometimes,” Lauren says.

“I do feel quite guilty because it's just money wasted. I don't know how much [my shoes] cost because my mum just buys them for me,” she adds unabashedly.

“She buys them and I don't ask. I just say thank you. I know my mum is a pushover, and I'm not going to lie, it's just because she's really soft and she agrees to most stuff.”

Lauren is aware of her mom’s generous hand when it comes to money. “I know that my mum does [spend too much] but it’s her decision. She gets it out of her pocket, she pays for it and I don’t force her to do it.”

SOURCES: DAILYMAIL.CO.UK, MOMMYISH.COM

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