As I sat poolside watching my eldest daughter have her swimming lesson, my youngest daughter Milla decided it was affection o’clock and proceeded to cover me in kisses. Well, technically she just kissed me on my lips albeit about five times in a row. For me, personally, I love when she does this, when her mind decides it is time to show mum some love without me even asking. I truly treasure it because I do not know how long it will last and simply put, it makes me happy.
It appears though not everyone feels the same way.
Just this week, David Beckham was criticised for posting a photo of him kissing his seven-year-old daughter Harper.
In the comments, many followers shared their disapproval, with some even calling the kiss “creepy”.
“How can you kiss this little girl on her lips,” one follower commented.
Although it wasn’t on the same level, I’ve experienced this outrage before too.
Once, when Milla kissed me and then moved on to share her kisses with my husband sitting next to me, I glanced around and noticed a woman sitting further down the bench seat looking at me, with what only can be described as a ‘disgusted’ expression on her face. It was as if me, a mother, kissing my four-year-old daughter on the lips made me some sort of criminal.
I do not know what her issue was with it - was it the kiss on the lips itself? The fact that it was more than one? Or the fact that we weren’t somewhere private? Whatever the answer, it doesn’t really matter because I really just don’t understand.