Tom, an Englishman, never misses an opportunity to tell his small son Roman how much he loves him. However, not everyone was pleased to see photos of the couple’s public shows of affection making the rounds on social media.
The northern English father who was bullied for kissing his five-year-old son on the lips remained unapologetic.
Using common sense and a good sense of humor, the father is fighting back, and he has the backing of Roman, who tells the threatening users, “you are all crazy!”
The love between parents and their children is beautiful and everlasting; it shapes children’s character and helps them develop into well-rounded adults.
How a parent brings up their kids can vary greatly from one family to the next, depending on aspects including culture, socioeconomic status, the parent’s mental and physical health, and personal taste.
Tom, a father of two from Yorkshire, England, is unaffected by the naysayers who have been critical of his parenting style online.
@tom_leeds Replying to @teresa02garcia ah jheez. #fyp #foryou #xyzbca #xuhuong #fypシ ♬ original sound – Tom
Whether it’s because of his crystal blue eyes, accent, superbly sculpted and tattooed body, or his undying devotion to his boys Roman, 5, and Raphael Reign, born in the middle of May 2023, the father’s frequent TikTok videos are attracting a lot of female attention.
Tom now regularly posts videos on TikTok in which he defends himself against claims that he is misleading Roman and endangering the young boy’s health and safety.
Tom, though, will not give up.
The father from northern England confronted a user on June 27 after the latter commented, “Just gorgeous both but don’t kiss him on the lips.”
In his response, Tom emphasized he would continue showering his five-year-old son with love, as long as he allowed. Tom says, “I find it worrying that it bothers you. I will kiss my son, my five-year-old child, on the lips for as long as I deem necessary and as long as he lets me, right, (because) I love him to bits and he’s my best pal and one day he won’t want me to, and he probably won’t want much to do with me. So, for now, I’ll carry on as I am.”
Followers flooded the page with encouraging comments like “Love kisses with my kids and now my granddaughter–the people who think it’s wrong are the worry xx.” Another, who lost her father, said: “absolutely ridiculous! I always kissed my dad on the lips and I lost him 2 years ago and I wish I could cuddle him and kiss him again.” the lips.
@tom_leeds Replying to @Nicole you are starting to geuinely concern me now. #fyp #foryou #xyzbca #xuhuong #foryoupage ♬ original sound – Tom
Tom’s response to the kind words was, “He is the most loving little boy and it’s because we raise him with love. Thank you for these comments.”
However, after one user made an outlandish charge, the father quickly posted a video in response.
Shouldn’t kiss him due to the bacteria in your mouth, the writer advises.
Did you know that kissing someone who has cavities can make your child more likely to develop cavities?
Almost 123,000 people have liked Tom’s clever post, which reads: “Wow. So I kiss my 5 year old son on the lips he will get cavities. He’ll get cavities from his daddy kissing him.” Tom then turns to Roman and asks what he thinks. “Don’t be silly!” the boy replies, giggling and sealing the statement with a kiss on his daddy’s lips.
The unsubstantiated idea that Tom kissing Roman will create cavities sparked a lively discussion amongst fans. “omg …who educated that person…you kiss away you two,” writes one, while another adds, “that is soooo ridiculous..and I work (with or as) a dentist. carry on being the loving dad you are… son is so cute”
A video Tom shared in early July of him driving with Roman on his lap has since gone viral. Tom says “Don’t worry. Absolutely nothing’s going to change.” He then turns to his son and asks, “Roman, what do you think of people that think you shouldn’t kiss me on (the) lips?”
“You are all crazy. That’s my daddy!” Roman says emphatically. The video ends with the pair sharing a sweet kiss.
Supporters rushed to defend his post and the parent who wrote it. One of them wrote, “Some people are just sick he is adorable and would soon tell ya when he gets older if he didn’t like it.” Another writes, “we kiss on the cheeks in my culture, but i really love that father-son relationship.”
A third party jumped in, asking the trolls, “have you a problem with him kissing him on the lips because he is a man? Because if this was his mom, I’m sure you wouldn’t.”
@tom_leeds Replying to @kerry Roman hath spoken #fyp #foryou #xyzbca #xuhuong #foryoupage ♬ original sound – Tom
Responding to that comment and thanking the woman for bringing the important message to light, Tom says: “I have genuinely been real interested to know this because it is something I have thought as well. I genuinely don’t think anything would have been said if it was a mom kissing a little boy…I dunno know but for some reason when it’s a bloke, a dad kissing his little boy something always gets said and I don’t know why because it’s always by this weird minority.” He continues, “I’m glad it’s a woman saying this as well, so I really appreciate that. …and I’m not changing anything.”
In another video, the father responds angrily to a comment suggesting that his son’s fondness for sweet pecks makes him a sitting duck for potential predators.
“Don’t kiss your children on the lips fact. Because not all humans have the right intentions do you see what I’m saying? Don’t make it acceptable!” the writer said.
Tom quipped in his response, “So the logic here is, if I kiss my five-year-old, he will think that he can go off and it’s okay to kiss strangers, strange adults… obviously!” Holding back his laughter, he continued, “So let’s apply that logic. I can’t have him in my car anymore to take him places because he could get in a stranger’s car and think that’s normal. He can’t live in my house anymore…well he could just walk into a stranger’s house and think that that’s normal.”
The dedicated father then suggested an alternative strategy, saying, “Or we could, now hear me out, we could… teach him that he’s got a mummy and a daddy and kissing them is normal but kissing dodgy Barry down the road is a bit weird.”
The bulk of Tom’s online network backs him and praises the fatherly care he offers his son, and we’re glad to see that he doesn’t back down to internet bullies who have no business telling him how to raise his child.
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Do you think it’s appropriate for mothers to kiss their children on the lips, and what do you think about fathers doing the same?
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