The idea of having a favourite child is taboo in what many think of as ‘good parenting’.
It’s often considered to be unfair and problematic, and can be a huge source of guilt for loving, conscientious parents.
But a recent article in The New York Times provides some interesting and different ways of thinking about family favouritism.
Author Perry Klass suggests that playing favourites doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It’s your actions, and not emotions, that can be problematic.
Here are some key points to keep in mind when it comes to favouring one child over another: