As the child of a very rich celebrity, you'd think that Shania Twain's son Eja would have everything he could ever want. But it turns out that we could actually be wrong about that because Shania admits that she's never even bought her 16-year-old son a birthday gift.
The singer says that growing up dirt poor in Canada taught her the value of a dollar and she wanted to instill the same values in her son. One of the ways she's kept him grounded is by not over-indulging, even at birthday time, and says the only thing she's ever given him for his special day is a birthday cake she makes him.
“You have to make a real effort not to spoil your children,” she told the The Mirror in a new interview. “I have to be careful not to let him have everything he wants, so I’ve only ever baked a cake for his birthday gift.”
Turns out she is a little more free at Christmas time, but not by much.
“At Christmas, he’ll have only three presents. That’s not a rich man’s celebration. A lot of people would send him stuff, and I’d think, ‘How much stuff do you need?’ I tell him that anything he’s not using after a month, we’re giving to charity.”
Seems pretty reasonable. But don't feel too bad for Eja. Shania says despite his lack at holidays and birthdays, he never goes without.
“There’s no point in pretending that we’re without, though – if he needs a shirt, I’ll get him a shirt. I’m not going to act poor if we’re not poor. That’s my approach and I’m just doing my best.“