Parents do not have a favorite child – Truth or myth ?

In this week’s cover story, TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger confronts the myth that parents do not have a favorite child: “Mom and Dad will say it earnestly, they’ll repeat it endlessly, and in an overwhelming share of cases, they’ll be lying through their teeth.”  Kluger reports on research that shows the hard truth that most parents do indeed have a favorite. In one study, researchers found that 65% of mothers and 70% of fathers exhibited a preference for one child, usually the older one. Other research shows that kids who feel less loved than their siblings are more likely to develop anxiety, low self-esteem and depression. “Not all experts agree on just what the impact of favoritism is,” Kluger writes, “but as a rule, their advice to parents is simple: If you absolutely must have a favorite (and you must), keep it to yourself.”  To read the rest of the article click here.

Do you agree with this article ? Do you favor one child over the other ?

Source Time Magazine


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One response to “Parents do not have a favorite child – Truth or myth ?

  1. I would be more inclined to say that the quality of love is different as opposed to the quantity. You can love people in different ways, for different reasons – you might love your children equally, but appreciate different aspects of them.

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