Are You Playing Favorites? Parents: Read This!

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All children should be treated the same way.

This is a myth!

Sure, favoritism has many downsides. Comparing siblings can increase sibling rivalry and lower self-esteem, and mistreating a child based on favoritism is never okay. Not only can favoritism harm the less-favored child—it can also be detrimental to the favored child. “They commonly feel badly or even guilty about being the favored, as if being favored were their fault,” Sonna explains.