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0647: The Favourite in Father Christmas 20th May, 2021
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0647: The Favourite
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Mel Cormac
It’s harder to guess who the favourite is if you have more than one sibling, so I’m lucky in that respect.
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Microraptor
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Microraptor
So, that purple ironing board with the star pattern isn't Jon's...?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Sadly he doesn't have taste that good
MK_Wizard
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MK_Wizard
Honestly, there is no such thing as a favourite. Not with good parents and I say this from experience though sometimes, one parent just gets along better with one kid more than the others. It is not a reflection of love at all. It's just human. It's kind of like how one sibling may get along better with one than the other.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Oh yeah, I'm sure (most!) parents don't actually have a favourite, but it's something me and my siblings joke about sometimes, and which these two would definitely joke/argue about
LinkyBoy
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"Sorry! Fuck..."
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
"I'm so fucking sorry--wait, shit--FUCK!"
anonymous coward (Guest)
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There's the uncharitable interpretation of Seth's bedroom still being a bedroom after all these years: Maybe they expect they'll have to take him back, and they have more confidence Jon is gone for good. And then there's the realistic interpretation: They don't want to send him screaming off to leave for another six years because something went missing or broken when they do the same thing to his room. In that case they want to wait until they're confident it won't drive him away before they start stashing all the stuff that doesn't fit in Jon's room there.

Playing favourites can be tragic though: It can get ridiculous when the position of favourite influences who they think is to blame when there's trouble. I knew a case where the younger brother picked fights with the older, and they decided the older was to blame for not being mature enough. That snowballed for years until the older one went away to uni in a different city and the parents finally noticed the younger one was a heroin addict that deals to support his habit. Effectively lost both children by being bloodyminded fools that way.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Yeah they were very hopeful he'd come back, but not out of the question that they expected him to need to move back in eventually.

Yeah, never play favourites, nurture their individual strengths. I have no idea who the favourite is in my family and that's a good thing!
anonymous coward (Guest)
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"Don't play favourites." Easier said than done when it takes at least two parents earning good money to afford a lot of things they would want for their family, to avoid raising a "deprived" child. If you're not there how can you keep a proper eye on things? Clearly, polygamy is the answer we need for the 21st century, so you can have three parents wages to pay for things and one to stay at home and mind the children.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Once again poly relationships solve everything
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Hm, maybe. I was trying to make a joke about class barriers, and inherited poverty versus inherited twitness, but there's more than one way to stroke that cat. Maybe you're on the right one there.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I mean, the fact that being in a thruple would probably actually solve money issues for many parents kind of makes a statement about wealth disparity on its own
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Well sure, but the biggest two problems with it are that either most people won't do it, or else they will: If they don't it's only a solution for some at best. If they do, then the prices will go up until it doesn't work as a solution anymore.