Why is Parental Favouritism Such An Issue?

There seems to be a common problem amongst parents, including mine: they tend to play favourites.

It’s not unusual in my house for my parents to deal with a situation by the way of deciding which child they happen to like more. Take, for example, an incident which took place only this morning: my brother damaged the HDMI cable for one of our consoles because he wasn’t being careful as he was putting it away, and my mother took his side when we got into an argument about it, explaining that it was my fault for wanting to move the console in the first place, as well as “always” expecting my brother to do this one task for me.

This kind of thing doesn’t happen in only my house. I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences, or at least have heard stories like this.

It’s strange. Why are parents, of all people, playing favourites? They are the ones we rely on the most. They are meant to love all of us equally.

Well, I think I have finally cracked this case, my friends. You might need to sit down for this one. As it turns out, the reason why our parents so often deal us bad cards in favour of our bratty brothers and sisters… is because our parents are humans, and therefore have so many flaws that you’d die before you could finish counting all of them. Furthermore, they, in their positions of power over naive children desperately reliant on them, feel no obligation to try and improve themselves. They are the parents, and always have the final word. To expect anything better of them would surely be disrespectful.

I’m feeling quite bitter right now.

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19 thoughts on “Why is Parental Favouritism Such An Issue?

      1. oh gosh, i’m guessing you’re the oldest sibling then..? i pity you, but at least if you mess up your life entirely your parents have other children to pin their hopes and dreams onto.

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      2. I think that’d be worse, because let’s say you fail and one succeeds, your parents will forever annoy you with, “WHY AREN’T YOU AS GREAT AS YOUR SIBLING!?”

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  1. My parents always go with my younger sister. Always. Even if she does something wrong, they either pretend not to see or claim that I “provoked” her.

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    1. My parents are the same. What’s worse is when they flipping tag team me and either talk about how disappointed of me they are together, knowing full well that I can hear them, or just yell at me together :/

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      1. My mom used to talk to my sister (loudly) about how she’s such a better kid and that she hopes that she won’t be influenced by me.

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  2. You basically got it right
    It’s kinda human instinct/nature to pay more attention to the “better” child because there chances for survival are higher and humans/animals just want to reproduce

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    1. That, and the fact that as humans, we can’t help but like some things more than others, and the same goes for people. It’s just a lot more sad and pathetic when it’s parents acting this way and being so open about it, because it means the children are hurt.

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      1. yeah
        It’s especially bad with chinses parents, not trying to be offensive but from what I’ve seen yeah, especially with girls sometime bc like Chinese ppl like boys better than girls but times have changed and things are better oh my god this got off topic I’m sorry this comment is all over the place rip

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      1. Ughhh, that sucks. -_- Well, at least you’ll know how it feels for if you ever have kids? It seems like it’s usually the favored siblings/only children who go on to play favorites, so… :/

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