Mommy, Who’s Your Favorite?

I’m in a bit of a quandry. Friday, February 3rd is Elmo’s birthday but truthfully I do not want to dedicate a full birthday post to him. It’s not that I have anything against Elmo and think he’s cute (in an annoying sort of way).  You have to admit that he has totally lucked out getting to host the last full 15 minute segment, Elmo’s World, on Sesame Street.  Don’t even get me started on the Tickle Me Elmo! phenomenon.  But it is his birthday and my mom taught me, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Contemplating how to handle Elmo’s birthday brought up an interesting topic:

fa·vor·it·ism/ˈfāv(ə)riˌtizəm/

Noun:
The practice of giving unfair preferential treatment to one person or group at the expense of another.

Growing up, my parents always swore up and down that neither my younger sister nor myself was their favorite.  Currently, I only have one child so this not something I have to contend with.  Whether we want to admit it or not, favoritism among families is a part of life.  Parents treat each child different because each one is different.  Each child has a unique personality, as well as their own appearance, abilities and interests and parents need to encourage, nurture and cater to each child’s individuality.  But that doesn’t mean parents should love any of their off-spring more or less than their siblings.

And Elmo, I sincerely hope there’s no hard feelings.  I do wish you a very happy birthday. (In fact, for the second year in a row, we have purchased tickets to see  Sesame Street Live : 123 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends.)

How does your family deal with favoritism? 

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