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Since When Did It Become Inappropriate To Kiss Your Children On The Lips?

113906PCN_Jessica05When it comes to my family, I’m a big time kisser and a hugger as I basically show my children more physical affection than anything else. So when Jessica Alba was forced to defend kissing her children on the lips during a recent interview with Redbook Magazine, I couldn’t help but blurt out a big, “What the…. (fill in the blank here)!?”

When asked about parental affection towards children and how some parents think kissing their children on the lips is not very savoir vive, Jessica told the magazine:

“Really? Why?! It’s your baby. People allow dogs to lick at their mouths.”

And you know what, I have to agree with her. Unless it’s a “cultrological” issue, I find nothing wrong with kissing your children on the lips, no matter how many pre-school germs they might be carrying with them that day. They are my children, and while my 6-year-old daughter insists that I peck her on the forehead rather than on the lips, my 3-year-old son has no qualms about me giving him a closed-mouth “guppy mouth fish” smooch on the lips that doesn’t last more than a fraction of a second.

Now as far as relatives, I can see where some people might cross the line. I’ve been in an awkward position similar to that great episode from Friends where Ross kept freaking out when his aunt would kiss him on the lips. Now that I’m thinking about it, Ross did have quite a few awkward kissing encounters on the show, didn’t he? Remember this episode with Denise Richards and how he tried to kiss his cousin:

That is definitely a close family encounter we wouldn’t want to see!

And as far as kissing my siblings (like Angelina Jolie and her brother James Haven did during the 2000 Oscars ceremony), nope, not going happen. But I will peck my sister’s toddler children on the lips as I basically consider them my own, as well, but at the end of the day I think I feel safe just limiting my smooches with my husband and the small children in our family.

But back to my children, I don’t see anything “gross” or dare I even say “sexual” about kissing my children on the lips. Tell us Babble readers, what are your thoughts about smooching your children and family?

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