It's perhaps motherhood's dirtiest little secret: Favoring one child over another.
Favoritism is usually not intentional and can happen for a variety of reasons. Maybe one kid is the most well-behaved in the brood, especially talented, has an inexplicable bond with a parent. And often times the opposite can be true: If one child has behavioral problems, he can become the favorite because he requires extra attention.
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And while moms may objectively realize that favoritism isn't ethical or even a conscious act, a new study published on Tuesday in the February issue of the journal Child Development shows that showing more love to one kid harms more than just the "naughty one"—it damages the entire family unit, causing increased mental health problems in children such as aggression, attention, and emotional problems.
The study included 400 Canadian families with up to four kids each whose average age ranged from 2-to-5-years old. Due toRead More »from Do You Have a Favorite Kid? You Should Read This