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Parents Really Do Have 'Favorite' Child

We hate to break it to you, kids, but it’s definitely not all in your head: Parents—mom in particular—really do have a favorite kid.

According to a new British study, 34 percent of mothers prefer one of their offspring over the other. And dads aren’t immune either, with 28 percent admitting to playing favorites, too.

The study was conducted by Parentdish, and the results were a surprise to editor Tasmin Kelly. Her response: “Our children may need different levels of attention at different times, but they should be growing up knowing they are loved equally and unconditionally for their different personalities and talents, not having to measure up against a favorite sibling and found wanting."

On the other hand, 42 percent of survey respondents confessed to having “unconditional love” for their rugrats. That’s in spite of the fact that 38 percent had sacrificed their income and 40 percent their sleep.

The survey also found that 20 percent felt pressured to buy gadgets for the kids. And 54 percent of parents have lied to their kids about their weekend activities. "I am not surprised that moms and dads exaggerate their weekend plans though, as packing your children's lives with activities is a real area for parent competitiveness today," Kelly says.

Last but not least: Dads are faster diaper changers. On average they take one minute and thirty seconds to change those Pampers; whereas moms take two minutes. Which approach is better—speed or thoroughness? Perhaps it depends on what they’re changing. Still, all in all, it’s nice to know you’re not the only parent who’s far from perfect, right?

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