I’m a big kisser. I kiss my daughters all over. No tiny part is off limits to me. Their sweet, soft lips are especially kissable. Same thing with my husband. I still kiss my parents on the lips, too (and hold their hands). When I love, I love big.
But is there ever a time when it becomes not appropriate to kiss your kids on the lips?
As far as I’m concerned, the answer is simple: Nope.
When I kiss my kids or my parents, clearly it’s not sexual. It’s gross to think anyone would assume otherwise.
However. One of the funniest writers on the planet (or at least the funniest writer on the second-to-last page of Time every other week), Joel Stein, recently wrote about kissing his son on the lips.
I think it’s totally sexy when dads and sons kiss on the lips. Not the kiss, but the dad is sexy because he loves his offspring so much that he’s not afraid to display his affection — for a boy or girl. Of course, sexy dads and sexual kisses are two totally different things. Big distinction. Huge.
I have no doubt there are some haters or conservative types who shudder at the thought of parents and kids kissing each other on the lips. Not me. I say take it as long as you can get it (assuming many kids will cease allowing their parents’ lips to touch them anywhere but the occasional cheek by, say, the tween years).
And if you can get it for a long time, you’re pretty special and lucky. And then you become sexy. But not in a sexual way.
Are you a lover or a fighter? Do you think there’s an age or gender limit for kissing your kid on the lips?
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