I believe this study. I'm yet to have my 2nd study so currently dd is my favorite as I don't know the newbie yet.
My mother however. I now she loves the four of us equally. However she likes us different amounts. My sister and brother both claim I'm mums favourite. While its not true in the way they mean it. It is true. Mum and I get along the best. I don't hurt her or disappoint her like the other two do. I'm 30 and mum and I have a adult friendship relationship now while my brother (25) and sister (20) act like they are still in their teens. I was the easier child to raise and in some ways mum and I grew up together as she was 19 when she had me.
My dad clearly favours my younger sister than me over my brother. My sister over took me when mum and dad separated dad blamed me and didn't get over it for some time fractured our relationship and he moved the favorite to my sister. Where once were very close.
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25-11-2011 16:53 #24
I love both my boys equally. That said, DS2 is a lot more work than DS1. Hubby states quite clearly his preference.
25-11-2011 20:34 #25
25-11-2011 20:37 #26
I have a favourite - it depends which one is more annoying at the time
In all seriousness, the love for my children is different for each one, not favouring one over the other
I wonder if his children know which one he favours???
25-11-2011 21:18 #27
no we don't but both DH and I grew up in families with clear favourites and it sucks big time when it's very obvious you're not the golden child (I think even more so when you have your own kids and then said golden child has kids the difference in treatment of the grandkids really saddens me) so we make a concerted effort to make sure our kids are all made to feel equal
26-11-2011 15:55 #28
What I found sad was that they also found that the favourite did better socially and was more successful whereas the non favourite was more withdrawn as an adult. This held true even for identical twins with the same genetics, so it wasn't hard wired personality. (I didn't see it in the bit in the OP but in a longer article on the same study online).
I sometimes think I favour my son over my daughter as she's harder work emotionally. I'm going to try to change that now and get a better balance.
26-11-2011 16:24 #29
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