Mom Scolded on Internet, Spent ‘Thousands’ on Gifts for Three Kids, Haters or Nah?

Emma Tapping

*She calls herself “thebossmum27” and her photo showing an embarrassment of Christmas gifts she claims to have bought for her three children, spending upwards of two to three thousand dollars, has gone viral. Not that anyone should have to defend how they spend their money, but the photo has left a bad taste in the mouths of many.

Haters notwithstanding.

Emma Tapping was shamed unmercifully by the Internet community for being a “materialistic” parent.

A week after she posted the photo (shown above) on Facebook, someone tagged it with the caption: “It’s nearly time for all the materialistic parents to compete and broadcast how many presents their kids have. Just remember, there are a lot of children who won’t get much.”


“I know this page is going to get busier and I know I am in the papers today so I thought I would set people straight on a few facts,” Tapping wrote in a response Facebook post.

“The presents under the tree are for my children, myself, my partner and my mother, not just the kids,” she continued. “Please try and remember this is about 3 little children, their christmas, their tree. Feel free to share. Merry Christmas xxxxx.”

Tapping obviously never thought a post about how her family is spending the Christmas holiday would garner so much attention. Not unlike the challenges many celebrities face, Tapping finds herself in the awkward position of trying to untangle a web of social media fabrications. And her Facebook post directly below has garnered more than 2500 likes and 1400 comments for the attempt.

Emma-TappingFB post

According to a report on Yahoo News Tapping has said, “I LOVE spoiling my kids in the festive season and I work damn hard to make sure it is every bit as amazing as it can be.” It is this report she must be referring to when she clarifies her age, noted in #2 above.

I agree with one poster that there will be many children that are unable to enjoy the benefits of a well-to-do lifestyle. But does that mean that those who do, must downplay it?

Many social media users use this modus operandi to connect with family members worldwide. So isn’t the news they choose about family matters (such as what the kids got for Christmas, etc.) their business?

Your thoughts?


3 thoughts on “Mom Scolded on Internet, Spent ‘Thousands’ on Gifts for Three Kids, Haters or Nah?”

  1. Thanks for the copy of what she posted. Seems someone in her circle of friends / family either dislikes her for the so called “bragging” photo, or just wanted to stir up trouble. Not the nicest of things to do around Christmas.

    As for her age, yes, presumably correcting one of the tabloid articles (and for herself, getting across that she wasn’t a Mum at age 14 or thereabouts – something else some readers might criticise her for, without ever knowing the real facts, just what some reporter pieced together in 30 minutes).

    I live alone, have no children, so no get-together for me (but also no Christmas arguments), and have no feelings either way about this small mountain of gifts. It’s a family matter how they celebrate and even though I won’t have company for the holidays, I don’t begrudge anyone enjoying the festive season as they wish…

    (so long as an excess of alcohol doesn’t cause any trouble!)

    Hope anyone reading has a great Christmas and New Year,

  2. Thanks @Web Dude, for your thoughtful assessment. We hope your Christmas, however you spent it, was just what you wanted it to be.

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