A British study has revealed that almost 50% of people admit to having a favourite parent, and it seems to be more of a contest than most mums might think.

We’re often told that parents have a favourite child, as much as they try to deny it, but it turns out that children have favourites too. A British study has revealed that more than half of participants admit to having a favourite parent and their preference changed over the course of their lifetime The Mirror reports.

Ever Changing

The research found that 40% of people say they have a better relationship with their mum, but for teenagers the results were a little different.

By the age of thirteen, most children who previously said their mum held top spot had switched their allegiance, with dads remaining in the good books throughout their teenage years.

Siobhan Freegard, a parenting expert from ChannelMum, says that some parents may be surprised by the findings. “It’s often assumed that children are always closest to their mum, but this simply isn’t the case,” she said. “There are plenty of children and adults who value the bond with dad just as much – and in some cases even more than their relationship with their mum.”

Growing Up

As children become adults themselves, mums once again become the go-to person for advice and support particularly with when it comes to milestones such as the arrival of children, buying a house or getting a new job.

Surprisingly, even into adulthood, 21% of men still described themselves as a “Mummy’s Boy’ while 22% of girls admitted to being a ‘Daddy’s Girl’.

“The relationship you have with your mum and dad will be one of the best and longest of your life,” ChannelMum said. “While there will be times where it may feel like you don’t always get one, the love a parent has for a child is unconditional and they will hopefully always be there for you no matter what.”

Do you have a favourite parent? Have your children got a preference? Let us know in the comments.

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  • I think both my kids find talking to me easier then their dad, I think also they find it easier to be with me over their sad. I’m definitely my dons favourite parent, he loves his dad too, but just doesn’t have that connection. My daughter used to be a daddy’s girl, not so much now, but I wouldn’t say she has a favourite. I didn’t have a favourite. I gravitated toward my dad in my teenage years, I think that was mostly to upset my mum, which it did. I’m pretty sure I was my dads favourite child, not bad considering there were 7 of us !


  • all kids are more comfortable with one parent – it’s just natural. doesnt mean that the kid doesnt love the other one..lol… they’re just kids. Pssst – I’m the fav one in my home:D :D


  • I have a favourite parent, and I am sure that my kids do, too – and I am equally sure it changes throughout the day. However, when the chips are down, and they want comfort, they always want me. As time goes on, I think they will come to us for different kinds of questions/problems – me for cooking, him for someone to push the pushbike. :)


  • I would like to think my daughter’s favour me however I think it is probably their father who is the favourite. What is it about little girls and their dads?


  • My 23 month old has her favorite, dad, she loves him so much. She gives me absolutely nothing. As an adult I much rather my father. He is much calmer than my hot headed mother


  • My mum and dad are both my favorites in different ways. :) I hope I’m my kids favourite lol. My eldest is only 4 though..


  • It is normally Mum who is favourite if a child is sick. As parents we tend to discipline our kids a little differently and for different things. We try to compromise and make an united decision but it can be difficult on occasions when one parent is going to be absent for a few hours and a decision has to be made immediately. My parents didn’t always agree whether we were allowed to go somewhere or do something….or one would tell us to ask the other parent and that one do the same. We know there was a good chance there would be a negative decision. Sometimes it was easier to not bother to ask….and not try to do it at all.


  • Children have favourites that change as they get older – my parents were heroes to my children, but these days we get on so much better than we once did. It’s not just who is the flavour of the month, but the aging process that changes who they think is their favourite parent.


  • My favourite was actually my Nanna. Mum used to work all the time and Nanna was always there for me. I’m sure my kids would say that Dad was their favourite but, since he passed away last year, I’ve become their favourite. I think it all depends on who lets them get away with something and who doesn’t


  • ofcourse It’s me for my kid ! :D :D


  • I don’t have a favourite child but at 3 and 5 years, they tell me who’s their favorite! But if I’m the one rousing in them, I fall out of vogue very quickly!


  • Wasn’t close with either growing up


  • When my kids are with me, their dad is the favourite but it also goes the other way as well.


  • I never had a special bond with neither of my parents.
    I think my daughter loves both me and my husband. We do different things with her and have different ways to connect to her.


  • For me I am always the fav as their father sadly isn’t interested in being anything


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