Post # 1
I’ve been thinking about this again today after flipping through photos on facebook. My niece was about 3yrs at a family party and there are a couple pictures of her kissing my 12 yr old step bro and his friend on the lips. I know it’s totally harmless, but it doesn’t stop my stomach from turning when I see the pics. I just feel they are inappropriate and kisses should be on cheeks, not on the lips.
What do you think? Do you kiss your toddlers/babies on the lips? Do siblings or other kids kiss your kids on the lips?
Post # 3
I have to agree. While I think it is totally innocent, it creeps me out when family members kiss eachother on the lips. Ick.
Post # 4
My niece when i go to kiss her, she tries to kiss me on the lips because that is what she does with her parents. We’ve sort of explained to her that she can kiss her parents on the lips, but cheek is much better for everyone else.
Post # 5
We do lips and cheeks, but she’s been more cheeks lately and I’m fine with that. She does cheeks with everyone else. My daughter, when she was 2 or 3, would actually get mad and grab our faces to turn us to do lip kisses. I don’t think anything of it when it’s my daughter kissing me or her dad, but I wouldn’t like it if it was someone else.
My youngest nephew is still in the lips stage and it grosses me out. He tries to kiss my daughter and she turns her head or says no. I think most of it comes down to the kids are lovey and people hate to say no and hurt their feelings or think it’s funny.
Post # 6
My daughter is only 14 months old and is just learning how to “kiss” on command (she basically just holds her mouth wide open and aims it toward our mouths), but once your kids get to be a certain age you should just kiss them on the cheek. It’s kind of weird to me too to see parents kissing full on children on the mouths.
Post # 7
… I still kiss my parents on the lips. It’s not weird in my family, but we’re also kinda hippies. 🙂
For our daughter, I think it’s fine if she kisses US on the lips her whole life. I think it’d be weird if she kissed other people (non-family) on the lips after a certain age.
Post # 8
Awwwww, the cutest thing ever is to be kissed on the lips by my 20 month old daughter! She only does it to me, her daddy, and her 2 brothers, but I’m sure it would weird me out a little if she did it to strangers.
Post # 9
Whenever it’s a baby/toddler/kid I never think anything of it. Once they reach puberty it’s kind of weird, but parents are ok. I don’t really see it that often though, there aren’t many kids around us.
Post # 10
My cousin is 5 and he still kisses me on the lips. My family is extremely close and we don’t see anything wrong with it.
Post # 11
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it, but it always surprises me to see adults kiss their children (of all ages) on the lips. It’s just not how I grew up.
Post # 12
@Gemstone: @mrstilly: Yeah, I wasn’t raised to kiss people (including parents/siblings) on the mouth. On the cheek is where I’ll teach my kids.
Post # 13
My family doesn’t kiss period. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen my mom kiss my dad (they’ve been married for 23 years). It’s just not who we are. It took quite a while to get used to my FH’s family, who all kiss each other on the lips still. But, it really doesn’t bother me with family anymore.
Post # 14
I am TOTALLY uncomfortable with the whole kids/family members kissing on the lips thing…but I didnt grow up in the United States….so it might be a cultural thing. so my kids will be cheek kissers!
Post # 15
I’m not a huge kisser, but my family always kissed on the mouth. I don’t usually choose to do it myself as I’m not a hugely affectionate person with anyone other than my girlfriend, but it’s not unusual for me to see other family members do it. We’re a pretty affectionate family in general, though. I don’t think it’s inappropriate at all.
Post # 16
My family have never kissed on the lips and so I find it weird!
I will not kiss my babies on the lips so they will probably never learn to do it either