David Beckham targeted by PC brigade for kissing daughter
NOT this crap again.
That's what I thought this week when the world went into overdrive after soccer superstar David Beckham posted a photo to social media kissing his five-year-old daughter Harper on the lips.
Commentators went crazy.
The political correctness police said it was not on. A parent kissing their child on the lips was too sexual they cried.
Even one of my own colleagues, whom I admire greatly, penned an article expressing that she was weirded out by the happy snap. She was firmly in the "ew" camp.
As a mother of four who, you guessed it, kisses her kids on the lips I'm pretty outraged. There is nothing sexual about me kissing my kids on the lips.
I have four kids three and under. Three-year-old Molly and our 17-month-old triplets Jim, Nate and Edy.
I adore my children. I want them to grow up to be loving and affectionate human beings who will enrich the world we live in.
I want them to be comfortable with themselves and most of all I want them to know that their mummy and daddy love them beyond compare.
I want them to be safe and secure in that love without any embarrassment.
I want them to be comfortable with showing affection and know that there is nothing wrong with kissing your parents on the lips.
When the heck did showing your children affection become something to be ridiculed?
It's not the first time kissing your children on the lips has been the topic of discussion. Just last year Victoria Beckham received similar outrage over another kiss for Harper.
And singer/actress Hilary Duff also courted controversy when she posted a picture kissing her four-year-old son Luca at Disneyland.
What angered me so much about my colleague's piece today and also the online outrage over the latest Beckham snap is, I wondered if any of these people had children of their own?
I wonder if any of these people had experienced the innocent love a child has for their parents.
When my children kiss me or my husband on the lips they are not thinking about whether or not it is making people feel uncomfortable.
All they are thinking about is the warmth of love they feel for the person who is getting their affection.
If you're a parent who chooses not to kiss your kids on the lips - good on you. I have no judgment and as long as your kids feel safe and loved that's all that matters.
But equally if you are a parent who kisses your kids on the lips you shouldn't be shamed into thinking that is gross or abnormal just because a few online commentators think so.
When my kids no longer want to kiss me on the lips that's totally fine. I'm not going to force them. And the reality is when they are adults I'm unlikely to kiss them on the lips.
But while they are innocent children, I'm not going to stop kissing them on the lips for fear that some people might think it is gross or sexual.
Writing this piece I asked my daughter what she thought about kissing Mummy?
She looked at me smiling and said "I love you, Mummy. I love kisses."
Now what can be "ew" or gross about that?