Favorite Child

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You know who it is. Think about your siblings. One of them was the favorite. She maybe got to stay up later than the rest of you. Maybe he always got a little bit more on his birthday. She got special “dates” with your parents. Admit it. One of you was the favorite.

A recent study suggests this is not uncommon. In fact, a third of over 2,000 parents polled admitted to having a favorite child. This is crazy. My opinions on this are twofold. Being a mother to one baby, hoping for another at some point, I worry, as I know a lot of us do, that I will not have enough love to give if and when we are lucky enough to have another baby. I think it’s pretty common to wonder how the heck you’re going to open up your heart and love yet another person just as much as you already love your older child and your husband. From what I hear, there is no question. Once that little guy or girl shows up, it’s love at first sight and your heart grows exponentially. BUT. For now, I just can’t imagine how my little heart is going to have enough room. That part of me thinks Harry will always be the favorite (sorry potential Baby Number Two).

But on the other hand, how can I have a favorite? I look at my relationship with Jonathan and my relationship with Harry. Sure, I’d rather do certain things with Harry and certain things with Jonathan, but that doesn’t mean I like one more than the other. I just have totally different relationships with either boy. And even though this is a bit different than having two KIDS (it’s the teeniest bit different… if you haven’t met my husband yet, just know he is a kid himself) I just can’t imagine favoring a child over another. Is it possible?

So spill. Were you the favorite? Was your sister/brother? Parents, do you have a favorite? I do. My favorite child is Harry (insert winking face).

xoxo, Mallory

2 thoughts on “Favorite Child

  1. jillasiala

    You got it right already. There is a different love feeling for every child, as different as they are. You all had such different personalities and I fell in love with each of you for your uniqueness. Btw, I was really just pretending when I picked my daily favorite

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  2. Wendy

    My Dad’s line to m sister and me is, “You are one of my 2 favorite daughters.” He meant it, and he only had 2 daughters. There were things he enjoyed more with my sister and others with me. He told me point blank.

    My Dad’s fairness and equality was paramount in our home growing up and still is today. In fact, he told me if he would move, it’d be to Nebraska. Nebraska is the mid-point between where my sister and I live.

    I’ll take the example my Dad set and see what happens. I do turn the tables and tell him, “You’re my favorite Dad” to which he responds, “I’m your only Dad.”

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