Prefering one child over another

It’s common for parents to feel closer to one child and there is a simple reason for it, we get along with some people better than others. That doesn’t mean we love one child more than the other children we have!

Perhaps you remember feeling that your parents loved a sibling more than you or favored them. It’s not a pleasant feeling. To avoid it:

  1. Try to find common interests with all of your children.
  2. Set aside time alone with all of them if possible.
  3. Don’t compare your children. That way you stereotype your children which inhibits you to see their real selves.

Bottom line is that you’re no less mother/father for feeling closer to one of your children. It’s normal and what matters is that you love them all and show them you do.