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Mums and dads have revealed which child is most likely to be the favourite - but grandparents have their own

Mirror logo Mirror 13/03/2018 Ruki Sayid

a person sitting on a bed © Blend Images It’s true - mums and dads do have a favourite child.

A study by parenting forum Mumsnet has settled the age old debate and revealed the baby of the family is the chosen one.

For generations, children have argued over who is mum and dad’s golden child and the study has revealed it’s the youngest.

For half of parents who confessed to having a favourite said it was their last born.

But four in ten grandparents said the eldest was the apple of their eye.

A third of grans and grandpas revealed they cherished the first born the most as they were a mini-me version of their mum or dad.

a group of people looking at each other: Credits: Getty Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Images And four in ten parents with a favourite said it was because they saw themselves in the child.

More than half of parents and grandparents said their golden child made them laugh more than the others.

But the study means middle children are left out of the favouritism stakes as they are caught between their eldest and youngest siblings.

Almost six in ten mums, dads and grandparents said they felt “awful” singling out one child as special and most admitted it was damaging for the other brothers and sisters.

Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts said: “Favouritism is one of the last taboos and can provoke a lot of guilt, so it’s important to say that feeling a greater affinity for a particular child is fairly common, and doesn’t have to be disastrous.

“Toxic favouritism, where siblings become aware of being treated unfairly over the long term, is a whole other ball game. The distilled Mumsnet wisdom on this issue is that lots of parents like their children differently - the crucial thing is to love them all wholly.”

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