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Parents won’t admit it, but they do have favourites

It’s wrong to have a favourite child, right? The results of a recent study suggest that despite this, many parents do have a favourite.

Time magazine quoted the study which says that around 70% of fathers and 65% of mothers exhibit a preference for one child or another. Dads are said to prefer their daughters, and moms, their sons.

Of course, it’s not considered fair to have favourites, so the key to those figures is the word ‘exhibit’: Most of us would suppress evidence of favouritism.

The differences in the ways you treat your children may be so subtle that you might not even notice them. The favouritism could be expressed in gifts, time, attention or emotions.

You could favour one child for academic abilities, looks or even the order in which they were born.

Maybe you grew up drawing the short straw from your own parents, or you had a super-sibling who did everything right. Many adults still carry the hurt from having parents who favoured a brother or sister.

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