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I Have a Favorite Child

By Lori Garcia |

I have a favorite child, but before you haul ass to the comment section below, allow me to explain.

My favorite child is the one who isn’t making me mad at the moment; pure and simple. It’s not who gives more hugs, keeps a cleaner room, or manages to lift the toilet seat to pee. He who wears the title of “Mom’s favorite” is the one who happens to be acting like a civilized human being at the time. I really am that easily swayed; sibling rivalry will do that to a mom.

On the rare occasion I have two well-behaved human children, my love multiplies, never divides.  

While I bore both kids from my loins, that’s where their similarities end. My kids are just too different to be compared and in turn I love them in equal and different ways. I love that I can engage each of them in ways unique to their personalities and yet both of their giggles melt my heart in exactly the same way.

If I’m being completely honest, I’ll tell you that I’ve dealt with rough periods in each of their developments that have made them my least favorite for a time. But that’s the thing, a least favorite is still a favorite. How could a child be anything less?

How do you feel about favoritism?

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Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “I Have a Favorite Child

  1. razana says:

    completely agree with you! i have three kids and my favouritism will change throughout the course of the day. :-)

  2. Suzanne says:

    If either one of my kids ask me, “Who’s your favorite?” I will always whisper to them, “You are. But don’t tell your brother!” I know eventually they will realize I tell them both that they’re my favorite, but for now it keeps them happy. I always felt that my mom favored my sister growing up, and that hurt. So I never want my kids to feel that.

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