Needy. She said, “Often the child is trying to get the attention of the parent who is rejecting them – the more you push a kid away, the more he will come at you. So, if you see a kid coming at a parent, being aggressive or being clingy or needy or overly attention-seeking, often the parent doesn’t like the kid that much, or the kid perceives it.”
Relax. One of the signs of favoriting one child is being more relaxed around them and getting along with them more. One parent said, “I have two children. One brings warmth and sweetness into the room, the other sometimes makes me want to run for shelter. I can relax when I’m with one, I laugh more and it’s just more pleasant.”
Resentment. Ellen Webber Libby, Ph. D says that parents shouldn’t be ashamed of wanting to be around an easy-going child because it is normal. She also mentions that it might be a good idea to show preferential treatment to the more difficult child at times to stop resentment from growing.