• April 19, 2024

This Doctor Says Kissing Your Kids On the Mouth “Too Sexual.” Here’s What Parents Have to Say

A doctor has sparked a fair bit of outrage after being interviewed in an article on relationship website Your Tango.

UCLA professor Dr. Charlotte Reznick believes that it’s inappropriate for parents to kiss their kids on the mouth:

“The kiss on the lips can be stimulating,” he said.

“It’s just too confusing. If mommy kisses daddy on the mouth and vice versa, what does that mean, when I, a little girl or boy, kiss my parents on the mouth?

“If I had to answer when to stop kissing your kids on the lips, it would be now.”

Parents, many of whom reacted via Twitter, did not agree with the doctor:

https://twitter.com/C66Kenny/status/634454176794324992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

One expressed disbelief that the article even existed:

Many other doctors and psychologists agree with the parents, saying that it’s simply normal to kiss your kids on the mouth:

Clinical psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack spoke to The Sun about the notion that parents should refrain from doing this:

“There’s absolutely no way that kissing a young child on the lips is confusing for them in any way,” she said.

“That’s like saying breastfeeding is confusing. Some people might have issues with it, but it isn’t any more sexual than giving a baby a back rub.”

Dr. Paul Hokemeyer agreed, while speaking to Yahoo! Parenting:

“It’s important that parents keep and maintain boundaries with their children, certainly, but in terms of expressing affection this feels within the realm of normal.” he said.

However, not all parents agree with these experts. Some think that Dr. Reznick’s original assessment was correct.

Read more at IJ Review 

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