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Do you suspect it? I know my Mom favors my older brother, but I know it isn't intentional, so I don't feel bad about it.
What about you?
I was an only child, until my parents divorced and both remarried. I got some step siblings, then.
I find it odd and a bit telling of the OP's perceived situation that she didn't include "No, they don't" as one of the answers. Hmmm.
Parents usually try very hard not to have favorites. It is impossible to treat every child in a family "exactly the same." Often more is expected from some kids, and everyone has strengths and weaknesses.
IMO, parents should strive to not have "favorites."
I also see so many people who always think someone else is the favorite, and not being parents themselves can't see the entire parenting picture. When I was a kid not a single one
of anyone I knew claimed they were the favorite, but neither did any of their siblings. It was a big finger pointing exercise, "Mommy loves YOU more! You're spoiled and get everything you want!" While the sibling was saying the same thing to the speaker. I think in decent people, having true "favorites" and making it clear who that person is is rarely the case. Although, in the immaturity of youth, too many people assume it is so.