Do you have a favourite child? A mum has sparked a heated debated after admitting she does in a post on the Mumsnet website.
"I am ashamed to say this…" she began, "but I really do have a favourite child."
"The oldest is a real struggle for me and has been from day one. He is intense and determined and he really overwhelms me."
"I really enjoy my second son. I feel like I understand him perfectly and I am 100% the most qualified to care for him in any situation."
She then asked others if they had a favourite child - the results were mixed...
"I love my two oldest teens to bits," said person wrote. "They are kind, caring, funny and good company. My youngest, however, is nothing like any of us and I don’t really like him very much."
"Some of the most 'damaged' people I know have parents who had or still have a favourite... Not all of them are the least favourite child, it affects the favourite as well." added another.
Others took a more measured and compassionate approach.
"Some kids aren’t as 'likeable' as others but that doesn’t mean you don’t love them all. I have always told my kids that whoever has last made me a cup of tea is my favourite. It means there is less confusion."
While more most people the idea is taboo - it seems it is quite common!