A recent study from Mumsnet has found which children are favoured most by parents and which are favoured more by grandparents.
The study found that out of all the parents who had a ‘favourite’ child, around 60% said it was the youngest, while around 40% of grandparents admitted it was the eldest.
When asked what made a child their ‘favourite’, most parents admitted it was based on which child was the ‘easiest’.
The founder of Mumsnet spoke about the results of the study. “Favouritism is one of the last taboos and can provoke a lot of guilt, so it’s important to say that feeling a greater affinity for a particular child – often, whichever one is willing to put their shoes on – is fairly common, and doesn’t have to be disastrous.”
“Toxic favouritism, where siblings become aware of being treated unfairly over the long term, is a whole other ball game. The crucial thing is to love them all wholly.”
So next time one of your siblings starts and argument over which one is the favourite, remind them that chances they won’t be the favourite to everyone in the family!