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A Third of Parents Secretly Have a Favorite Child, Poll

Update Date: Jun 11, 2013 05:42 PM EDT

Parents aren't supposed to show that they love one child more than they love their other children. But, a new poll reveals that more than a third of mothers secretly have a favorite child.

The survey, which involved 2,212 parents, found that 34 percent of mothers and 28 percent of fathers reported preferring one of their children over the others.

The survey also revealed that 42 percent of parents believed they could treat their children better and 17 percent of respondents felt parenthood was stressful.  However, 92 percent of survey respondents said parenthood was worth it.

The survey found that 32 percent of parents felt like watching their children play together and 24 percent felt like reading their child a story was the most satisfying part of being a parent.

Researchers also found that 42 percent said that unconditional love and affection made the happiest about being a parent.  However, 40 percent of parents reported that they missed sleeping in and 38 percent reported that they missed having extra income.

The survey, conducted by the website Parentdish, revealed that 54 percent of parents lied to other about weekend plans for their children and more than a fifth of parents felt pressured to buy their children the latest gadgets to fit in.

Surprisingly, the survey found that fathers were better than mothers at changing diapers, with women taking an average of two minutes, five seconds and men taking one minute and 36 seconds.

"Dads changing nappies quicker than mums is a surprise to me, although I am glad to see more dads getting stuck into this side of parenting," said editor of Parentdish, Tasmin Kelly, according to the Daily Mail.

"I am not surprised that moms and dads exaggerate their weekend plans though, as packing your children's lives with activities is a real area for parent competitiveness today," Kelly added.

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