Parents Favor Youngest Child

Most parents will deny they have a favorite child, but science says it’s simply not true. Brigham Young University researchers found the favorite child is likely to be the last-born. When researchers looked at families with two children, they found since the youngest is usually perceived as the favorite the child develops a stronger relationship with the parent which pushes them into the position of actually being the favorite. Meanwhile, the older sibling’s relationship with his or her parents didn’t change, regardless of whether they felt favored or not. Professor and researcher Alex Jensen explains, “It’s not that first-borns don’t ever think about their siblings and themselves in reference to them. It’s just not as active of a part of their daily life. My guess is it’s probably rarer that parents will say to an older sibling, ‘Why can’t you be more like your younger sibling?'”(Daily Mail