|Recent Research Says Second Children Are The Favoured Child|
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Parents of two children treat their second child as the favourite, according to new research. The study of 1,803 parents shows that 59 per cent of the time, parents will subconsciously choose the younger child over the elder.
In particular, mums and dads are more likely to side with a younger child in an argument, lavish more attention on them, let them have their own way and spend longer reading with them.
Younger children also benefit from more treats and cuddles, and their parents find it hard refusing them anything they want. Fifty three per cent of parents polled openly admitted to feeling closer to their smaller child.
Lisa Penney, spokesmum for www.bounty.com, which commissioned the research said:
But although first born children are often side-lined in preference to their younger sibling, more than half of parents polled claimed to have bonded more quickly with their first child. In addition 64% of parents feel they have more in common with their older child, sharing interests and finding it easier to have a conversation.
Indeed, three in five parents say their elder child is more likely to confide in them, and has done so since an early age. Older children are also more transparent, with 63 per cent of parents feeling confident they know them inside out.
Being the older also tends to mean these children are better behaved – with 53 per cent of parents finding them easier to discipline. And being second favourite isn’t all bad – as older children tend to have more money spent on them, they’re allowed to rule the roost, they have bigger helpings at dinner and usually decide what the family watches on television.
Lisa Penney continues:
“Wherever a child comes in birth order in a family, the most important thing is that they’re loved, cared-for and treated as an individual who may have different needs to their brother or sister.”
Of the 1,803 people questioned, only one in five parents were prepared to admit they DID have a favourite child – of these, 54 per cent chose their younger child. And when asked about their partner’s preference, 56 per cent of parents felt their partner also preferred the younger. But one in three people say that every parent has a favourite child, but hates to admit it.
A resounding 76 per cent claim it is possible to have a favourite child simply because you get on with them better, not because you love them any differently or any more.
November 16, 2011