There are some things which are as old as the world itself though we like to think of them as recent.
Remember the story of Esau and Jacob in the bible? Okay, let me even go back; remember the story of Cain and Abel? God favoured the sacrifice(s) of Abel because it was more acceptable and jealousy crept in.
Fast forward to Esau and Jacob, when Isaac was about to die, he asked Esau to prepare his favourite meal so he could eat and bless him but his wife Rebecca heard and we know the rest of the story.
Now, I am the only girl of my mother, I have 2 brothers from my mother too. While growing up, I noticed that my mum tended towards my elder brother (the apple of her eyes as she calls him) while my dad tended towards me; my kid brother floated in between.
The memories I have of me as a kid is that of my mum yelling at me because I wouldn’t lift up a finger to assist with the house chores (I was damn spoilt!), my mum trashing the hell out of me while I was yelling back and telling her I would report to my dad *lool* meanwhile oh, the things I did and my mum labelled bad were labelled normal so long as it was done by my elder brother *frowning*
For a long time, there was this bad blood between us because I felt my mum did not love me, I told her anyway *shrugs* while my brother on the other hand felt that my dad did not love him.
Now, I am much older and I have come to realize that what is fair is not equal and what is equal is not fair.
Favouritism exists everywhere even though parents try to pretend they love all their kids equally but it is there in the extra sparkle in their eyes when they talk to the kids.
While it might be hard to ask parents not to show favouritism (we all have that favourite friend, favourite skirt, etc), parents should be careful not to damage the self esteem of their kids especially the less advantaged one!