I don't see the point in admitting you have a favorite child

Not sure if you're aware, but the blogosphere has been abuzz with a post from a "daddy blogger" who confessed last week that his eldest child is his favorite one. His reason? He's more fun than the other one. Then again, the eldest is 5 and the youngest is 2, so no surprise there. While some may praise the honesty of this guy by saying that all parents have favorites and those who say they don't are lying, I can't understand the reasoning behind his confession, other than gaining the much-coveted attention most bloggers are dying to get. 

I'm the mother of two children who are three years apart and I can honestly say I don't have a favorite--or, at least, not yet. But even if I did, I wouldn't confess it to the world or, even worse, blog about it. What for? Wouldn't that just be hurtful to my non-favorite child. 

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It's not that I don't think that it's totally possible for a parent to have a favorite child. As I said, I don't feel I have a preference between my children, but I could totally see how that's possible. After all, I saw it with my own mother and father. And I've seen it with friends and my husband's parents too, but never so early on and for such a stupid reason.

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I think the whole preference thing has to do more with personality than anything else. I mean, getting along better with one of your children is just the same as getting along better with one of your friends within your group. 

Granted, the "daddy blogger" doesn't say he loves one more than the other or even that he gives the favorite one preferential treatment, he just talks about how much more fun his 5-year-old is in comparison to his 2-year-old. I feel horrible for the little one because one day he'll be old enough to do his own search and find this information out there in the blogosphere and then what?

It's one thing to have a suspicion that your dad prefers your eldest sibling over you, but it's a totally different thing for him to confirm it to you and to the entire world!

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