Add this to the list of controversial parenting topics. One dad in Cronulla, Australia recently caught a lot of heat for showing love to his daughter on social media.
Tyrone Matoka posted a gorgeous photo of himself kissing his 5-year-old daughter Amarlya on the lips. The Instagram snap caught the attention of haters, who deemed it inappropriate for a parent to kiss their child on the lips.
The proud dad isn’t letting it get him down, though. He asked that those who are bothered by the pic simply unfollow and move along.
“There is no greater Love, than that of a Parent for their Child,” wrote Tyrone. “Do me a favour, if this photo of me kissing my 5yr old daughter on the lips offends you, please Unfriend me. If any sort of loving affection shown between a Parent and their Child offends you, please Unfriend me.”
Tyrone went on to stand up for breastfeeding mothers and affectionate fathers.
“In fact, if seeing a mother in public breastfeeding her baby also offends you, please unfriend me. But just before you unfriend me, please take this with you and hide it inside your behind: STOP sexualizing fathers showing love and affection to their kids!!!!!”
We love a dad who not only stands up for himself and his family, but who also shows support for breastfeeding moms throughout the world!
Weirdly, dads kisisng their daughters on the lips is sort of a controversy lightning rod? Just ask David Beckham…
At least this papa is in good company. David Beckham received the same backlash when he posted a pic of himself giving a smooch to his 8-year-old daughter Harper.
Thankfully, many applauded Amarlya’s dad for not being afraid to show his love for his little girl.
Katie Nave is a freelance writer, producer, and mama living in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by her passion for storytelling, she is always seeking opportunities to elevate people who are working to better the world around them.
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