Recently my daughter was telling me about (and I saw it on the View as well) about a woman who wrote in to Dear Margot about her husband kissing his six-year-old daughter (her step-daughter) on the lips. The woman felt it was inappropriate for him to do this.
My first questions was age of daughter and types of kisses. That is when I found out it was a 6 year old. Apparently he kisses his daughter like most parents do – lovingly. No tongue, no passion, nothing inappropriate just lovingly like mom’s and dad’s do every day.
What is our world coming to when this is an issue? Seriously I kissed my dad on the lips until he died – I was 20. If he were still alive today I’d probably still be doing it. Children need affection. Furthermore if this man stops kissing his daughter because of a new wife then the daughter will resent the new wife.
Here is another thing – why didn’t this come up before they were married? If their beliefs are so far apart that this has become an issue – wouldn’t you think this should be discussed before they got married?
I say if the action is appropriate and it doesn’t make the child uncomfortable then daddy should definitely be showing his little girl he loves her. It is a sweet and loving action meant to show love and affection – not be a competition with a sexual embrace as a kiss would be with a wife or girlfriend.