Experts Warn It's 'Too Stimulating' to Smooch Your Kids on the Lips

Just when you think it was cool to show your little one some TLC, here comes the fun police. As much as you want to love up on your kid, experts now say kissing your child on the mouth is bad because it's "too stimulating."

Dr. Charlotte Reznick, author of The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety Into Joy And Success believes a "kiss on the lips can be stimulating" and that might confuse a child. "If mommy kisses daddy on the mouth and vice versa, what does that mean, when I, a little girl or boy, kiss my parents on the mouth?" Dr. Charlotte questions.

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Thankfully there are others who don't see the harm in kissing your child on the lips. "There's absolutely no way that kissing a young child on the lips is confusing for them in any way," says clinical psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack. "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."

Maybe there's an expiration date for parents and children kissing each other on the lips (McCormack notes most kids will stop on their own), but I have yet to get that memo. It all comes down to a personal preference and what works for your family.


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