Dear Parents, we know that you love your children more than anything else in the world. But what method of showing love is okay and appropriate? Some of you may feel that there is nothing explicitly wrong in kissing your child on the lips. But Psychologist warns that kissing your children on the lips is ‘too sexual’ and can confuse them.
American doctor Charlotte Reznick, a child and educational psychologist at UCL, said that a kiss on the lips can be stimulating and potentially confusing for the children.
“Moreover, children might associate kissing with sexual or romantic activity between parents.”
Reznick said: “If you start kissing your kids on the lips, when do you stop? It gets very confusing. As a child gets to 4 or 5 or 6 and their sexual awareness comes about (and some kids have an awareness earlier, as when we notice they start masturbating at 2 or 3 sometimes—they just discover their private parts and it feels good), the kiss on the lips can be stimulating to them.”
“Even if that never occurs to a child, 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?”