Before it goes in, I'm not saying that this applies to anyone on here and I want to make that very, very clear.
Ok, here we go.....
It's all well and good wanting to put a smile on your kids' faces and give them the absolute best that you can but the problems start when you've got a certain section of society who don't view it that way and who miss the point of what being a great parent is all about.
Mrs B Version 1.0 was a perfect example of this (and that's why she got replaced by an upgraded model with a superior operating system and sleeker hardware).
Sadly, far too many people nowadays calculate happiness in purely financial terms and miss the real point of what it's all about entirely.
V1.0 always operated with a pre-determined fixed value in her head when it came to spending on the kids' birthdays and Christmas, rather than picking presents that the kids had actually asked for.
For example, (and I'm talking over 20 years ago now) she decided one Christmas that she was going to spend £500 on each child and we spent weeks in the build up to the big day, trawling round trying to spend money we couldn't really afford on stuff that the kids probably didn't even want and certainly didn't need.
Five hundred quid on toys for a one year old takes some doing, believe me. (Or it did in 1995.)
So whilst Whittam's comments are just her making her usual attempt at causing maximum grief and eliciting knee-jerk responses, there is an element of truth in some of what she's saying.
Fast forward to 2016 and we've got nieces and nephews who understand the price of everything and the value of nothing because their parents have always adopted the same "£X per child" strategy over the years which has meant that they've grown up with a bit of a sense of entitlement and a fundamental lack of understanding when it comes to having to work hard to achieve your goals.
Our nephew could tell you the price of the latest iPhone 5 a couple of years ago when he wanted one and said phone lasted about 2 weeks before he left it on a bus and lost it.
No matter though, because his Dad did some overtime at work and bought him a new one within another couple of weeks.
Because your kid's got to have the latest gadget, hasn't he?
And it's that mindset that troubles me a bit.
When we were kids, if your mum and dad couldn't afford something, you didn't get it - simple.
But you did get other stuff that they could afford and you appreciated them for it.
And you always had 3 meals a day and your clothes were always clean and they didn't have to demonstrate their affection for you by throwing expensive gadgets at you because you knew they loved you and were doing their best.
I just fear that this is another manifestation of how as a society, we are losing sight of what's important, in favour of vacuous, immediate gratification and it's going to bite us on the arse in another 20 years.