Saturday 23 September 2017

Having a favourite is unfair, but don't all parents?

Helen Moorhouse

RECENTLY in our house, we've been enjoying a bedtime story called 'Ever So, Ever So'. It's a triumph-over-adversity tale of a pre-schooler being usurped in her parents' affections and their frankly shoddy treatment of her, subsequent to the arrival of a newborn sister.

"Susan...", it says (Susan being the baby); "... did a pooh in the bath last night. Dad says she's ever so talented. I did a pooh in the bath this evening. Mum sent me to my room." It's upsetting to expose your young to such injustice at such an early age, but then again they may as well learn sooner or later.

Parents have favourites. Fact.

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