It’s True! Parents Do Choose Favorites, Study Says

Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Do parents play favorites? Yes! And a new study suggests there might be a surprising reason for it.

Though most parents vehemently deny giving any of their kids special treatment, researchers at Indiana University found parents invest more time and money in kids who do better academically.

Parents get higher-performing children involved in more activities, eat more meals with them, and spend more time with their friends' parents.

“The difference was notable through fifth grade, but faded by the time students reached eighth grade,” the university said in a press release.

Conversely, the study found, parents spend only a limited amount of time with lower-achieving kids, and that time is primarily focused on improving their performance.

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