When you’re a mom, you’re used to hearing all kinds of criticism. From sleeping and eating routines to nap time, play time and everything in between, we all have our own unique styles of parenting and we can all feel a little judged now and then.
If you’re a celebrity though, you’re bound to have it a lot tougher thanks to the advent of social media. Hilary Duff learned this the hard way when she posted a picture of herself kissing her four-year-old son on the mouth at Disneyland (the happiest place on earth!), and commenters went nuts.
“Kissing your child on the lips is not necessary. It may in time crate a not healthy desire and it’s to close to what adults do. There are the hands the forehead the cheek it also shows more respect. Trust me Hilary,” one user wrote.
“I think it’s more so how it appears that seems inappropriate. This kiss appears very deep and that tends to often times be seen more so between two adults, than between a parent and a child. A peck on the lips seems very harmless but it appears to be more so of a lingering kiss and so I guess I can see how others may view this as a bit weird,” another user commented.
Luckily there were even more users who rushed to the celeb’s defence with their own posts, readily admitting that they kiss their own children — and sometimes teenagers — on the lips too.
“A picture is a captured moment in time. Sometimes the briefest of moments. The kiss was undoubtedly a peck on the lips and not some lingering snog pervs are making out to be. Motherhood is tough enough. Keep your judgments to yourselves,” reads one of our favourites.
Hilary herself wasn’t about to remain mum on the subject either, and so she posted another photo on her Instagram account in response, a simple one that just shut down all the haters.
Well that’s one way to shut down the types who turn something nice into something awful. Hugs and kisses to you, Hilary.