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  • 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 to

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  • Woman gives birth to her own grandson

    More and more women are becoming surrogates for their daughters. (Thinkstock)On August 13th, Linda Sirois, 49, gave birth to her 7-pound, 14-ounce grandson, Madden Hebert.

    The Madawaska, Maine, mother of four volunteered to be her daughter's surrogate when doctors warned 25-year-old Angel Hebert that a heart condition made pregnancy unsafe for her.

    "It was all pretty simple as far as I was concerned," Sirois tells the Portland Press Herald of her decision to carry her grandson for nine months, adding that this pregnancy was her easiest, with no morning sickness or complications.

    Last summer, Angel and her husband, Brian Hebert, 29, were recommended to avoid pregnancy for the sake of Angel's health.

    "It was pretty disappointing and we were pretty upset about it," Angel says. "But we kind of had an idea that it was a possibility and, all along, my mother was saying, 'I'm here and I can carry for you.' I guess we didn't really take her seriously."

    Angel and Brian took Sirois up on her offer and it wasn't long before Sirois was successfully carrying her daughter's

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