- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2015

David Beckham lashed out at critics Monday for questioning his parenting style after photos showed his 4-year-old daughter sucking on a pacifier.

The former soccer player posted on Instagram a screenshot of a Daily Mail article with the lengthy title: “Why does Harper, four, still use a dummy? Experts warn David and Victoria Beckham’s little girl may end up with ‘speech or dental issues’ if she continues to use one.”

The article featured photos of Mr. Beckham taken in West Hollywood over the weekend while he was out and about with 4-year-old Harper and his 16-year-old son, Brooklyn.

Mr. Beckham, who has four children with wife Victoria, responded to the controversy over his daughter’s pacifier in the Instagram post.

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

His post garnered nearly 400,000 likes in three hours.

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