A mum-of-four has gone on TV to explain why her third child is her favourite.
Alisha Tierney-March is mum to three girls – Addison, nine, Harleigh, seven, and Kennedie, two – and a boy, one-year-old Elijah. On UK show This Morning, she was happy to talk about her special bond with Kennedie.
“When Kennedie came along, the other two were in school, so I got those whole six hours together,” she explained. “I breastfed her, which I hadn’t been able to do with my other children, and I think because of that bond…”
Before the arrival of Kennedie, Tierney-March’s favourite child was Harleigh. Addison, her oldest, was “a really difficult baby”.
“She had colic. She used to scream from two o’clock in the afternoon till two o’clock in the morning. She was really, really hard work and I did find it really hard to bond with her. Although we’ve got that bond now, she’s very, very different from me.”
As for Elijah, it’s going to be hard for him to ever become the favourite child. Tierney-March was “disappointed” to have a boy instead of a fourth girl, and “cried for days” after his birth.
The mum doesn’t hide her preference for Kennedie from her other two daughters.
“They will say, ‘She’s your favourite,’ and I will admit to them, I’ll say, ‘Yes, I do like her.’”
This Morning viewers were horrified to see Tierney-March being so open about having a favourite child. They slammed her on Twitter, saying she should be “bloody ashamed” of herself.
I have to agree. Surely one of the cardinal rules of parenting is that you don’t have a favourite child – you don’t even let your mind go there?