Reality star mom accused of sexualizing 4-year-old daughter and shamed for kissing her on the lips


Coco Austin shares her daughter with rapper Ice-T. They have been married for 18 years now.

Reality television star Coco Austin of series Ice Loves Coco fame, was recently trolled for a photo she shared on Instagram. The photos show her kissing her 4-year-old daughter, Chanel, on the lips. 

According to Yahoo! News, “All that kissing on the lips so much is grossing me out,” one user said, while some others said that it felt “overly sexualized” and “creepy.”

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Physical display of affection is not something that’s always well-recieved. In fact, behaviorist John Watson, in his 1928 childcare manual Psychological Care of the Infant and the Child, discouraged parents from showing physical affection of any kind to their kids and told caregivers to be “sensible” with their interactions.

“Never hug and kiss them or let them sit on your lap,” Watson wrote. “Shake hands with them in the morning. Give them a pat on the head if they have made an extraordinary good job of a difficult task. If you must, kiss them once on the forehead when they say goodnight.”

However, Dr. Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City told Live Science that intimacy between parents and children has a positive effect on a child’s development. Intimacy includes holding, hugging, tickling, or kissing a child. And is there any evidence that kissing a child on the lips is harmful or detrimental to the kids in any way? Manevitz answers saying, “There’s no real evidence of that, in terms of studies that I’m aware of,” he said.

Austin however is just focused on bringing up her child and not paying attention to these internet trolls. She’s even put up posts with her daughter enjoying “boob snuggles.”

She even spoke openly about her decision to continue breastfeeding her 4-year-old daughter in March 2020, on an Instagram post. The caption said, “At a time when the world feels like its coming to an end.. suck up as much love as you can! I know the moms out there will appreciate this pic! Ive been getting alot of props in the breasfeeding community and get tons of emails from woman/moms appreciating me bringing light to the subject…”

According to People, in May 2018, Austin said, “I follow some mother [empowering] pages here on Instagram and I love the inspiring pics they post showing the tenderness and love between a mother and child with or without nursing moments… I love that I can be a part of that.” She has been very open about her journey with breastfeeding. In June 2016, she revealed that when daughter Chanel had started “want[ing] the bottle more”, it had “hurt [Austin’s] feelings.”

“I’m doing whatever I can because now, she’s growing, so she needs more milk … so I have to go from breastfeeding to formula, breastfeeding to formula, but I wish she would want a little more of me,” she said at the time. The actor added that she still pumped daily to provide breast milk for Chanel, even though it was often through a bottle.

Austin isn’t the first to come under fire for kissing their kids on the lips. According to Yahoo! Life, Tom Brady was also shamed for sharing a kiss with his 11-year-old son on his documentary show Tom vs. Time. Other celebrities that were shamed for the same out include Olivia Wilde, Angelina Jolie, Hilary Duff, and Victoria Beckham among others.

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