Dr Reznick says no to kissing children on lips
A doctor in the US has sparked an online debate after suggesting that parents should NOT be kissing their children on the lips because it’s too ‘sexual’.
Child and educational psychologist from UCLA in California, Dr Charlotte 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 parent on the mouth?’
The comments went viral and fierce debate ensued between parents and also people with no children.
Sally-Anne McCormack, a clinical psychologist, told The Sun: ‘There’s absolutely no way that kissing a young child on the lips is confusing for them in any way.’
‘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.’