CRITICISED: Victoria Beckham and Harper

Victoria Beckham has landed in hot water for kissing her little girl on the mouth.

The former Spice Girl shared a sweet snap on Instagram on Sunday showing her and five-year-old Harper in a swimming pool wearing matching sunglasses.

The caption read: “Happy Birthday baby girl. We all love you so much, kisses from mummy.”

Instead of getting admiring posts, the pic has led to a mal debate around parenting.

One social media user wrote: “It is strange to kiss your parents on the lips.”

Another said: “Kids get cold sores from their parents kissing them on the mouth.”

Others defended the star by posting pictures of themselves kissing their own children on the lips to prove that it is “normal behaviour for a normal family”.

Nicola O’Connell wrote: “Nothing wrong with showing your child you love them.”

Last year, child psychologist Dr Charlotte Reznick caused controversy by saying: “If you start kissing your kids on the lips, when do you stop? As a child gets to four or five or six and their sexual awareness develops, the kiss on the lips can be stimulating to them.”