Differential parenting explained

A lot of parents across the world may unconsciously like one or two children over others. This is regarded as a common scene in most households today and is called differential parenting. Latest studies have shown that differential parenting does not only affect the unfavoured child/children but it directly affects the family as well.

In addition to that, the more the parents are extreme on the way they treat each child, the greater it affects the mental condition of each child. Even those who are loved the most are affected.

Jenny Jenkins, a professor who participated in the study was surprised of the results. In fact, she thought that the impact would be the exact opposite – that is to motivate the other children that are not favoured. It was not to be as the research showed that the family will be affected in its entirety.

Differential parenting as everyone knows is a scene where one child gets the best love and care while the other is neglected or worse, unloved. Before the results of this study came out, many thought that this was the main motivating factor for those unwanted and unloved children. Also, many did not think that it would affect the entire family. This somehow prompted researchers not to tackle the matter.

It’s true that parents will never admit that they have a certain favourite among their children. They do not want to admit it because they have an idea on how it would affect their other children. What they do not see is that it affects the bonds of the entire family.

The research further showed that most families that are hampered with the issue end up broken. Therefore, if you have kids and you feel that you have a favourite, think again because the minute they find out who that is, your family ties will be distorted.