David Beckham has, once again, sparked a debate on whether it’s okay for parents to kiss their children on the lips. The former soccer star and dad of four shared an adorable photo of him and his seven-year-old daughter Harper stopping for a peck and a snap while ice-skating in London.
While many of Beckham's fans thought it was sweet, others said it was “inappropriate”, claiming it's “wrong” for a dad to kiss his daughter on the lips.
Is it OK to kiss your kids on the lips?
"I find it so pathetic how people don't even think about it when they see a woman kissing her son on the lips but yet a man kissing his daughter has caused commotion. I think it's beautiful,” said one person.
Most of Beckham’s fans jumped to his defense, insisting people were “ruining something so innocent” with their comments. "The sick minds are out to showcase their ignorance,” one person commented. "Father and daughter sharing a happy moment and you all having a melt down."
Meanwhile others say it’s not appropriate for parents to kiss their children on the lips.
"I don't care what anyone says if a dad kisses a child on the lips it's completely wrong,” another person shared. "She's your daughter, why are you kissing her on the lips?" another asked. "That's ur wife's kiss [sic]."
"I feel like a kiss on the cheek is better than that n the lips. The lips is just weird [sic]."
Psychologist and parenting expert, Sara Dimerman, shared that she associates lip kissing to something that only romantic partners share.
“Although there may be families or cultures within which lip kissing between parents and children is considered acceptable, I believe that since most people feel more comfortable being kissed on the cheek by people, other than their romantic partners, that I prefer to model this to my children and to advise other parents to do the same, when I am asked," Dimerman said.
Child psychologist Dr. Charlotte Reznick caused outrage after suggesting it was wrong for a parent to kiss a child on the lips at any age.
“If you start kissing your kids on the lips, when do you stop?” she told The Daily Mail. “As a child gets to four or five or six and their sexual awareness develops, the kiss on the lips can be stimulating to them.”
The sight of parents kissing their children on the mouth certainly seems to make others feel awkward, especially when the child is a teenager or adult. While experts say it's best for parents not to kiss their children on the lips, most parents insist there is nothing wrong with showing affection in this way, and that it's a sweet and innocent gesture of love.
What do you think?