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Talking Honey Parenting: Is it ever OK to have a favourite child?

By 9Honey Parenting|

Whether you're a mum, dad, grandparent or carer - there is no topic more hotly debated than raising kids. Welcome to Talking Honey Parenting.

It's the taboo subject parents have long avoided discussing: whether they have a favourite child.

Those with more than one child will inevitably, at some point, be asked by their child if they are their favourite, or, if an unfair ruling goes against them, be accused of favouring their sibling.

But while most will have a diplomatic answer such as 'I love you all equally' ready, not everyone is shy of admitting they do in fact play favourites.

In this week's segment of Talking Honey Parenting, Nine Presenter Jayne Azzopardi joined Today Extra host David Campbell, AFLW star Moana Hope and 9Honey Parenting's Nikolina Kharoufehto discuss the controversial topic.

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The Talking Honey Panel, David Campbell, Moana Hope and Nikolina Kharoufeh, discuss the taboo topic of having a favourite child.
The Talking Honey Panel, David Campbell, Moana Hope and Nikolina Kharoufeh, discuss the taboo topic of having a favourite child. (Nine)

Although Moana grew up as one of 14 children, she says she never felt her parents gave anyone preferential treatment.

Despite her own upbringing, Moana said she doesn't believe it's a negative thing to feel differently towards each child, so long as each feels loved. Due to her own family dynamic with wife Isabella Carlstrom? and their children Svea, two and Ahi, five months, this was unavoidable.

"My experience is, I've birthed one child, and my wife birthed another. The child my wife birthed, Svea, I'm so in love with her, she's my little best friend. I can't love anyone more than I love her," she said.

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Moana Hope said it wasn't always a bad thing to have a favourite child. (Nine)

"And my son, because I birthed him it's a different kind of love. It's not that I favourite that love, it's just that I have a different kind of ?bond. So it's a different love, it's not one more than the other, it's different for me. I don't feel guilty about that because I love them and as long as your child is loved that's the most important thing."

Moana isn't alone in this. Reading out statistics on the topic, Jayne shared that 74 per cent of mothers and 70 per cent of fathers showed preferential treatment to one child.

However, only 10 per cent of parents were willing to admit it.

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Jayne Azzopardi said parents will always favour whichever child is behaving better at any given time.
Jayne Azzopardi said parents will always favour whichever child is behaving better at any given time. (Nine)

Jayne joked she had her own secret favourite, depending on the time of day and who was behaving better, and revealed she uses playing favourites as a way to try and eradicate bad habits.

For David and Nikolina's take on playing favourites and to watch the debate in full, watch the video above.

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