Dear Dr. Renee,
My kids are always asking me who my favorite child is? How do I respond to this?
This is a fun question for me.
We all know we should not play favorites but some days …
It can be scary when you hear your child/children ask “Who is your favorite?” Many parents are worried that if they say the wrong thing, they will scar their children for life.
I promise you will not scar your child for life. I do, however, advocate for not labeling or comparing your children.
So, what can you say when your children ask you that dreaded question?
When possible, do your best to answer it in private, with just the child who asked.
Regardless of whether can get someplace private or not, personalize your answer!
Here are a few examples we have used in our home:
- You are my favorite first/second born daughter.
- You are my favorite Alanna/Megan in the whole world!
- You are my favorite 10-year-old at this moment.
- You are my favorite French Horn/Percussion player.
I am guessing that you get the idea. Yes, some of these are cheesy, but they answer the question without potentially hurting anyone else in the process.
If you find it hard to come up with answers on the spot, think about a few ideas in advance. That way you will have them handy when you need them.
And Kristy, in case you were wondering, you are my favorite Question-Asker of the day!
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