This week, the Daily Mail published an article attacking 4-year-old Harper Beckham and her parents. The point of focus: the little girl’s pink pacifier.
The publication explained that the child’s pacifier use puts her “well-being” at risk. They quoted Clare Byam-Cook, a former midwife, as saying, “If she has a dummy in their mouth at this age, at four, it really can damage her teeth and it is very likely to hinder speech development.”
They also added their own theory, explaining that this could be a sign of “last child syndrome – because she is the youngest David and Victoria could be clinging on to her being a baby.
David Beckham, furious at this attack chose to respond on Instagram. “Everybody who has children knows that when they aren’t feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it’s a pacifier so those who criticize think twice about what you say about other people’s children because actually you have no right to criticize me as a parent …”
Each parenting style is different, and unless a parent’s intentions are malicious or a child is in harm, no one has a right to judge anyone’s choices.