TODAY | August 07, 2013
>>> dad's opinion matters, at least when it comes to sibling rivalries. do you parents play favorites? did they?
>> not intentionally.
>> they said they loved us all equally.
>> they always say that.
>> what about as parents? have you ever felt you played favorites?
>> i try not to.
>> i try not to but sometimes you get along with one more than the other.
>> parents say they don't.
>> ear muffs.
>> but kids often feel differently. a new study says that when dad seems to prefer one child over another, that causes a higher rate of sibling rivalry , especially among daughters. favoritism by mothers, less likely to provoke tension. now one possible explanation has to do with men's lower life expectancy . adult children may come to value their aging fathers even more as they realize that their time with those fathers might be limited and that might spark competition for affection.
>> that accounts for it later in life. but for little kids.
>> seek dad's approval. especially little girls.
>> unless you're a football player when you score that winning