The Olympics came and went, but I continue to ponder the relationship between U.S. gymnast Nastia Liukin and her father.
Liukin, the individual all-around gold medalist, kissed her dad on the lips multiple times during television coverage of the Olympics. Her father, Valeri Liukin, was a gold medalist and is also her coach.
The on-air father / daughter smooching evoked a lot of commentary. Some viewers found it inappropriate and said their lip kissing is borderline incestuous. Others said it was acceptable because of their European roots. (Liukin was born in Moscow, but moved the the U.S. when she was a child.)
Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with it as long as it's a peck on the lips. Obviously, anything sloppy or lingering is sad and gross.
I kiss my kids on the lips, but they are little guys. Will I still plant one on their kisser when they're 10? What about 15? I probably would give them a quick peck, but it will depend on how they feel about it, I guess.