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
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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Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 6 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning games drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again in her life. She's never met a chocolate or champagne that she didn't like!

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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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