As a parent you can’t have a favorite child, it just wouldn’t be right. You love both of your children equally, but there are days when I tell my kids that I don’t like how they are acting very much. When you’re a kid it’s probably similar in that they love both of their parents, but they may like the way one parent interacts with them more than the other. And in my personal experience that seems to change as the child gets older.
1. Spends more time with mom: When kids are little and the mom stays home with them then they are more likely to favor mom over dad. Mom feeds them and changes them while dad is out working and is home for far less time than mom. Although my kids were always thrilled when my husband came home and would run to him with a big hug.
2. Dad does sports with them: While mom can do sports too and mom often is the one who shuttles them to practices, when they get older it seems to be dad who is rough and tumble with them and not mom.
3. Mom’s hugs and kisses are better: This depends on the dad, but more often than not the mom is very loving with lots of hugs and kisses and shows affection more to the kids. Then when the kids get older they will rebel against that and say they are too old for mom to do that and she’s treating them like a baby.
4. Dad can play horsey with them: Dad is usually bigger and stronger and can give them pony rides on his shoulders and throw them around. Mom can do that when they are little, but as they get heavier it’s harder to do without hurting mom.
5. Similar activities with mom: Mom takes her daughter shopping, to get her hair cut, and to get a pedicure. It’s mom who will show her daughter how to wear make-up and earrings. These special things will come as your daughter gets older and she’s less of a daddy’s girl.
6. Dad is a better defender: If your child is being bullied at school it’s going to be dad who’s going to show the son how to defend himself and dad may show his daughter a few things too. Dad will always be there to protect them from the bad stuff.
7. Mom is their biggest cheerleader: Who is it that is at almost every game cheering the loudest for them? Who comforts them when they lose a game? Who believes they are the best no matter what? Mom, that’s who. When a kid makes it to the big time and he’s saying his thank you’s who does he thank, mom. When they get the chance to get on television and they wave, who do they say hi to, mom.