They would never reveal it, but mothers do secretly have a favourite among their offspring.
This inference can be drawn from a survey in Britain which has revealed that a large proportion of mothers confess to loving one child more than the rest.
In fact, the poll by British parenting portal Netmums found 16 per cent of respondents, roughly one in six, admitted to having stronger feelings for one particular child rather than loving all equally.
Around half of the 1,000 respondents said they love their children equally but in different ways while only one third disclosed that they have the same affection for all their offspring, the Daily Mail reported.
However, according to experts, being a favourite doesn’t necessarily get one the best start in life.
“If there is a favourite child they probably become too spoiled and find it difficult in later life.
“But the imbalance could prepare siblings for unfairness in later life when you leave the family circle by teaching them to be fighters,” said Dr Martina Klett-Davies, a sociologist who specialises in sibling relationships.
One noted example of a mummy’s favourite is said to be Britain’s Prince Andrew.
He was born in 1960, after Prince Charles and Princess Anne but before Prince Edward. The Duke of York is said to be the Queen’s preferred child as he was the first baby in 103 years to have been born to a reigning monarch.
Andrew is said to have made his mother very proud when he joined the Royal Navy in 1978.
Despite her great affection for him, the Queen was said to be so determined he fight for his country that she insisted that he remained aboard his ship HMS Invincible when the Falklands War broke out in 1982, even though there was a chance that he would be killed in action.