The youngest child is most popular with grandparents
While 56 per cent of parents admitted to preferring their youngest child.
But while many grandparents and parents admit to having a favourite, the majority felt it was harmful and only a small number of grandchildren were aware there was a favourite.
“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,” says Gransnet founder Justine Roberts.
“Toxic favouritism, where siblings become aware of being treated unfairly over the long term, is a whole other ball game. The distilled Mumsnet wisdom on this issue is that lots of parents like their children differently: the crucial thing is to love them all wholly.”
And it seems, the firstborn tends to be the idolised child in the family.
It seems, that in the 384 families analysed, the eldest child felt their accomplishments, such as an exam or sport win, meant more to their parents because it was the first time they were experiencing it.
“I was a little surprised. Our hypothesis was that older, earlier-born children would be more affected by perceptions of differential treatment due to their status as the older child in the family,” says Professor Katherine Conger.
So, there you have it. The youngest and the funniest child are the favourite for grandparents and the eldest is for parents.
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