A father has divided opinion after scolding a womanfor calling his baby daughter "gorgeous."
Left confused by a bizarre encounter with astranger, a woman has sought the opinion of fellowparents in a bid to discover if she was in the wrong.
Sharing the incident on parenting website Mumsnet, the woman involved explained how she was standingoutside a café with her own nine-month-old baby when she was approached by a man carryinga toddler.
She explained that the man's daughter wanted to see her baby and so she introduced thembefore asking how old the child was and greeting her by saying, "Hello lovely, aren't yougorgeous?"
Despite her good intentions, the woman's compliment was surprisingly met with a harshresponse from the father. "The man looked me sternly in the eyes and said, 'Oh no, don't tellher that, language like that ruins them!'" she explained.
"I found this really sad, but maybe I'm in the wrong?"
The mother went on to explain that she works with children and often uses language like thiswith her friend's little ones. "This is the first time I've come across this kind of attitude, and Imust admit I thought he was joking and laughed in his face," she added.
The post on the parenting advice website has since received hundreds of replies from otherusers, but while some agreed that the father was overreacting, others insisted that adultsshould reinforce children's strengths beyond their looks.
"I would say that being told I was pretty as a little kid did cause me problems," one personcommented. "Because (a) it made me feel like being pretty was something important and thatI'd somehow achieved something because people thought it about me, and (b) when I grew upinto a fairly normal-looking older child and teen I was devastated that people didn't routinelysay it to me anymore, because it was something I'd attached such weight to."
Another agreed adding: "My parents never mentioned my appearance when I was growing up- I suspect for these reasons.