BIDEFORD-born Apprentice star Katie Hopkins has once again caused controversy by claiming it is acceptable for mothers to miss their children's birthdays.
The Devon-based star made the controversial comment on Tuesday’s This Morning, before debating with writer Shona Sibary over whether mothers should put work before children.
The controversial commentator told presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: "I think it's really important kids recognise mummy has to work to provide for us all, and at the weekend or a convenient time we'll pick up and have a birthday then."
She also admitted to having 'group parties' on alternate years for all three of her children - partly to save money, and partly to teach them not to become too self-centred.
She said: "I think for my children they recognise they're part of Team Hopkins and as Team Hopkins we all work together, no one person is more important than any other."
Asked about a birthday being a 'special day' for a child, she continued: "I don't agree with that school of thought, too many children are seen as too special and have everything, bags of presents from Early Learning, bags of presents from Toys R Us."
"Birth is a physical process and I think you have to recognise they're rather like trains, there will be another one," she added.
Mother-of-four Sibary responded: "The big difference is between working on your child's birthday, and many people of course have to work on their child's birthday, and making your child miss their birthday altogether, which I think is what you are suggesting.
"I actually can't believe you are suggesting it’s okay for your children to wake up on the morning of their birthday and not open on any presents."
In July, Hopkins caused outrage after revealing on This Morning she wouldn’t let her children play with others who had names she disliked.
But the 38-year-old, who worked at the Exeter-based Met Office, has refused to back down on the issue.
She said: "I absolutely stand by everything I said.
"I still can't stand Tyler, I don't like a Princess and I will never be interested in the future of Destiny.
She also labelled users of popular parenting advice site Netmums, the "mammary militia".
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