Every year, on every playground, no matter where you are, there's one kid who's a serial kisser. He or she chases after the other kids (or sometimes one kid in particular) and plants one on them -- a big wet sloppy kiss. Squeals and giggles may follow. It's an age-old game. The problem is, there's often an unwilling participant. And not every parent is ready for their kid to be kissed -- no matter how "innocent" it seems.
"While some children do struggle with impulse control challenges, others are just curious or have seen this behavior modeled," says Fran Walfish, PhD, a Beverly Hills psychotherapist. "A kid may also kiss another kid -- a provocative boy, for example -- to irritate him."
Whatever the motivation behind the kiss, "It's just not appropriate to kiss other kids on the playground," says Fallyn Smith, LMSW, director of Social Success in Burlingame, California.