August 31, 2007

Playing Favorites

I'm all for having favorites. Everyone always says you shouldn't have favorites among your children but I highly doubt anyone actually pulls it off.

When Cher is screaming her head off at 4 am and Pixie is sleeping sweetly, I have a favorite.

When Pixie jumps on my lap during sacrament meeting at church and pulls my shirt down, exposing me to the entire congregation and Cher is happily blowing spit bubbles, I have a favorite.

When Cher yacks all over my freshly washed bedding 10 seconds after I put it on my bed while Pixie is playing tea parties with her stuffed kitties I have a favorite.

When Pixie leaves the freezer door open for 3 hours and all the food goes bad while Cher burbles in her exersaucer you better believe I have a favorite.

Any mother who tells me they don't play favorites is a dirty liar. I've found the trick lies in switching the "favorite" status up often enough so that each kids get equal amounts of favorite time. What could be more fair?

But don't worry, Dr. Spock, when both girls are in their carseats screaming and I'm on an important work phone call in the front seat, I can honestly say I don't have a favorite. There's hope for me yet.

10 comments:

Summer said...

Alright, alright, ya got me! I'm guilty of having favorites too! But I DO switch them up too, just like you. :)

Melissa said...

Ah... I think you've hit the nail on the head. I need to teach this technique to my "we let our youngest son get away with everything" parents ;)

Adum said...

i remember when i was in "child development" class in college with about 500 other students. the teacher said "raise your hand if you know who your parents' favorite child is." and about 3/4 of the class raised their hand. and the teacher said "for those of you who are not raising your hands, congratulations. you are your parents' favorite child."

fairygrandmother said...

I have four sons and I have played the favourites game, many, many times. Funny thing is you keep playing it even after they leave home!

Kerri said...

Yep, when Dylan unraveled the entire roll of toilet paper for the 3rd time this week, I definitely had a favorite. It was the one that was happily sitting on the toilet asking Dylan nicely to stop.

Kerri said...

by the way, how could you delete the links??? I rely on them! Please return them pronto! ;)

AzĂșcar said...

I have a favorite. My favorite is not this guy right now. But he's still my favorite. But not right now. But still. But no. Check back with me later.

Rynell said...

I believe in being fair in my favoritism...that is switching out the favorites equally.
It's a good system.

Anonymous said...

It is so hard for me to not have favorites - I have one very demanding, headstrong, stubborn child, and the other child is so easy going, flexible, and is content with whatever...grumble grumble grumble. I love the 'good' child because he brings me joy, and I love the 'difficult' child because she makes me a better mother. Is that bad?

Susan M said...

My grandpa always used to tell me I was his favorite granddaughter.

I was his only granddaughter.