If David Beckham Wants To Kiss His Kid On The Lips, Fine — But I'm Not A Fan

Photo: Instagram
David Beckham and daughter Harper

Should we be concerned?

Hillary Duff

Victoria Beckham.

And, now, ironically David Beckham

But then again, maybe not so ironic that both Beckhams have found themselves on what seems to be the annual sh*tlist for celeb parents who post pictures kissing their kiddos on the lips. Why? Because I've found over time that it's definitely a preference usually shaped by your family and culture. 

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I realized this after I found myself disgusted the first time I saw a picture of a parent kissing their child on the lips and realized that my own mother shaped these views for me. Not only were strangers and other family members not allowed to kiss me on the lips, but my under no circumstances has my mother kissed me on the lips for as long as I can remember. 

Truthfully, I've grown to see and share her position and therefore am anti parent-child mouth-to-mouth kissing.

I won't kiss my children on the lips and it's not because I necessarily view it as a sexual act but more so as a safety net for my children, as the germs shared in a mouth-to-mouth kiss seems like more than enough to spark my paranoia. 

That said, some people (Victoria Beckham) do take what should be an innocent kiss shared with parent and child to a seemingly "too close for comfort" line. Sorry, but let's be real — in the same way that kisses among couples are interpreted differently by position and length and what not — that applies to kissing your children.

It's those types of kisses that make me cringe and make me question

Holding a kiss for too long with a head tilt leaves room for an open interpretation and not to say that's what it was at all, but more to say I totally get where people who find it distasteful are coming from. 

Happy Birthday baby girl  We all love you so much X @davidbeckham @brooklynbeckham kisses from mummy X

A post shared by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on Jul 10, 2016 at 1:27am PDT

However, I don't think David Beckham's kiss grazed that line of appropriateness that made me scratch my head in disbelieve. The picture was of love and it was heart-warming to see such a bond between father and daughter

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As with anything, it's about the tone (metaphorically speaking, of course) in which you present things and as a celebrity, you're more likely to have things criticized when they don't sit right with the way of the world.

Yet, despite my disagreement with kissing these children on the lips, there's nothing in me that believes that they're anything less than great parents.