Recommended Reads – Favourites in the family?

By on October 2, 2011 in Families, Recommended Reads 2

This week Time magazine ran a front cover story about how among families, parents generally DO have a favourite child as much as they profess to love all their children equally in public as many as 60% secretly do favour one sibling over another…. Here is a round up of all the articles which I found online about this topic this week. Let me know if you know of any more by leaving a link in the comments…

TIME’s original article
Femail
Babble
The Twin Coach
NY Times

In my own experience during the 18 months that I have been a parent to 2 children, is that each child has a different relationship with me and I with them – and I enjoy different aspects of my relationship with both of them at different times. I like to think that I don’t have a favourite but maybe at different stages of life I will find one easier to get along with than the other…. It’s definitely something I will try to avoid as I don’t think it’s helpful to anyone involved. A quote which I enjoyed reading and which sums up my feelings nicely is: “To be loved equally is somehow to be loved less. To be loved uniquely – for one’s own special self – is to be loved as much as we need to be loved.” – Siblings Without Rivalry.
So I will continue to love my children uniquely not equally!

What do you think about this subject – can you see this happening in your own family? Either as one of the siblings or as the parent???

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2 Responses to Recommended Reads – Favourites in the family?

  1. Love and Lollipops October 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Great post – it’s a very relevant topic. I love the quote from “Siblings Without Rivalry” – I think it’s beautifully and aptly stated.

    Georgia :)

    • Kathryn October 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

      it is a great quote – i think i need to print it out and stick it in a prominent place to remind myself!

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