Kissing Your Kids On the Mouth Isn't Nasty!

Janelle Harris
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mom, kissIt just so happens that I bumped into a post lambasting B-list-actress-turned-yet-another-reality-show-star Lisa Raye for kissing her daughter on the mouth. I had to chuckle to myself. Is that wrong? Because I sure enough give Miss Tween Girl smooches on her lips e’ryday — before I drop her off at school, when she wakes up in the morning, before she goes to bed at night, whenever I darn well please, as a matter of fact.

I take it from the commenters' outrage that there’s a cutoff age when mothers should cease and desist from laying kisses on their kids’ mouths and that I apparently glossed over that page in the parenting handbook. Harry Connick Jr. kisses his kid on the lips, too. He's just like me. Breaking all the rules. 

Diddy’s on-again-off-more-often ex Kim Porter also had tongues wagging last year when paparazzi snapped her in the middle of a public lip locking with her son, Quincy (who didn’t disappoint my prediction that he was going to grow up to be a real looker, but that’s neither here nor there). But I honestly don’t see what all the hubbub is about.

Kim Porter, Quincy
Mama Kim lays one on her oldest boy child, Quincy

Now, if the tongue ever made an appearance or they started wandering into open-mouthed exchanges, that would give reason to get grossed out. Actually, I’d be first in line with a barf bag and a “how could you?!” scolding. But innocent affection? Puh-lease. On to a real scandal.

In fact, I guess that makes me pretty darn risqué myself. We’re an affectionate bunch, us Harrises, so my mom still lays kisses on my lips all the time, as do my aunts and cousins. So did my grandparents before they passed on. The men in our family just exchange hugs and handshakes, though. They’re not into the whole Mafia greeting thing. But us girls all kiss on the mouth.

So I guess Skylar better stay puckered up because I don’t plan on stopping my overflow of mommy-to-beloved-girl pecks and smooches, whether they’re on the cheek or smack-dab on the mouth. And if someone in the general public is opposed, as well, I’ve got something for them to kiss, too. I kid, I kid ...

What’s wrong with a mother kissing her children on the lips? Is it only OK up until a certain age? And if so, exactly what age is that?


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