The child may start kissing other people on the lips as an expression of sympathy.
The child can begin to behave in the same way as you taught him at home, but outside the family circle – by kissing other children or adults on the lips to express sympathy. The psychologist points out that, even if it was an innocent act on the part of the parents, the children learn things by mimicry. They could, therefore, try to repeat the same gesture with others, without realizing the intimate implication of this gesture. This is why she recommends kissing the child only on the cheeks or on the forehead.
Do you think it is acceptable to kiss children on the lips? If so, up to what age? And is a parent-child kiss on the lips acceptable if they are of different genders? We’d love to hear your opinion in the “Comments” section below!