Its here again, the parenting shame game. This time the attack has been on former footballer, David Beckham and his wife Victoria for allowing their 4 year old daughter, Harper Seven, a dummy.

Who wins this game? Absolutely no one, no one can win no matter what they do.

David Beckham has taken to Instagram to defend his recent ‘actions’ which sparked a huge debate between parenting experts as to whether its OK to give a four year old a dummy or not. Some are saying that dummy use at this age could cause speech delays and damage to her teeth – but do they really know that? Do they know how often Harper has a dummy? Do they know if Harper does have a speech delay?

David captioned the image with the following:

“Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts ?? 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 …”

How do you feel about this issue? It is none of anyone’s business or do you feel that Harper is too old for a dummy?

Main image source: Instagram
  • If that’s the way they want to rear their child, then it’s their business. Personally I couldn’t wait for my kids to throw them away as they were always being picked up off the floor after the dog had run past.


  • It’s not like you see 16 year olds with a dummy. She will give it up when she is ready.


  • she’ll leave it herself when she gets a lil older and gets to know abt the world…chillax


  • Who cares she not ready to give it up yet … Does it really matters ??? No ! I thinks she’s adorable and when she’s ready shel lose the dummy


  • not in the slightest! she is a bubba, let her be!


  • Very interesting article! Thank you for sharing this article!


  • Wow must have been a slow news day that day. My 3 year old still has a dummy for. Bed.


  • No it doesn’t phase me. Have to admit, it’s not the best look at her age, but get parents will do what they think is best for their daughter. The rest of us just need to mind our own business, there’s no abuse or neglect happening, so back off


  • It shouldn’t even be on a news, if you ask me! There are more important things happening in the world that they could report on.


  • Wow, that’s a hard one but it does cause issues in their mouths and with the be jams having nannies and care providers to do the hard yards, I am surprised that she still does a dummy, but each to their own


  • oh well it is their child after all…not their first one either


  • Lke it


  • Why is this making news, there is so much more going on in the world.
    Whilst I think 4 is to old it isn’t our place to judge what another parent does or doesn’t do. So what if she has a dummy, as long at he end of the day she is kept safe, loved and looked after, who cares.


  • No – I do not care – so many other things going on in the world! :)


  • Can celebrities do anything without facing criticisms?


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