While most parents love all their children, let’s face it, when there’s more than one kid there’s a good chance you’ll like one more than other. Well, that’s exactly the case with one mom, who took to social media to find out if she’s an awful parent for favoring one child over another.
An unidentified woman took to the mommy forum Mumsnet to share that she prefers her younger son over her older one. "I am ashamed to say this... but I really do have a favorite child," she shared. "I have two sons and the oldest (three) is a real struggle for me and has been from day one.” She adds that while the older boy and her husband seem to have a special bond, she has more of a connection with their younger tot. "I really enjoy my second son (18 months),” she says. “I feel like I understand him perfectly and I am 100 per cent the most qualified to care for him in any situation.”
The mom says she does her best to “disguise her feelings” towards her older son and goes out of her way to do things for him, but notes, “I feel like I am really trying to force a bond I just can't make.” She then asked, “Has anyone else ever felt like this?"
- Responses to her question were mixed, with many sharing they feel the same way about their kids. "I love my two oldest teens to bits. They are kind, caring, funny and good company,” one person wrote. "My youngest, however, is nothing like any of us and I don't really like him very much.” While another added, “It's human nature. I don't love them any differently I just prefer parenting one of my girls over the other.”
- Some parents couldn’t believe anyone would make such an admission. “Oh god this thread is scary. Those poor babies," one person noted. "'Oh but I don't show it' - yes you do."
- Others felt the woman needed to seek help before things get worse. "I will say that no matter how hard you try to hide it your children will know as they get older,” a person shared. "I certainly did with my parents and it left me with a massive resentment towards them. Seeking help now would benefit both your children."