Parenthood

She is the mama of two gorgeous littles, but singer Jessica Simpson landed herself in hot water this week after posting a picture of her five-year-old daughter wearing a bikini to her Instagram page.

In the snap, an adorable Maxwell (Maxi) is seen rocking a pink and blue bikini while wearing a helmet and posing in a rather sassy way next to a scooter – hand on her hip and all.

"Safety first #MAXIDREW," Simpson captioned the snapshot.

Safety first ? #MAXIDREW

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There is no denying that the tot is all sorts of adorable, but the combination of the skimpy bikini and the pose had Instagram users scrambling to critisise Jessica for sharing this family snap online, claiming she was even sexualizing her own child.

"Protect your children. This is not for social media," someone wrote in the comment section. Similarly, another user said the photo, which was no-doubt meant to be completely harmless on Simpson's part, was "not cool."

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Others joined the conversation in defense of the 36-year-old singer and designer, advising her to "stay away from the haters."

"You people are insane. This is a little girl being a little girl. If someone sees someone other than a child playing then YOU have a problem. Children wear bikinis all the time and you sickos turn it sexual. Get over yourself and find a job instead of being a keyboard bully that has nothing better to do with your day," one emphatic fan wrote.

What do YOU think, mamas? Are bikini clad children OK on social media or are these (cute) snaps better kept in the family album? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @Herfamilydotie

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