Forget having a favourite child – half of Brits confess they have a favourite PARENT, a study has found.
Research revealed four in ten adults get on better with their mum, while one in seven prefer dad’s company.
Children are initially closest to their mum but then 35 per cent swap their allegiance to their dad with him confirming his spot as firm favourite by the age of 13.
But the poll of 2,000 adults found one third then switch sides, becoming closer to mum once again from the age of 20, as they start to navigate into their adult lives.
It also emerged 21 per cent of men would describe themselves as a ‘Mummy’s Boy’ while 22 per of women believe they are a ‘Daddy’s Girl’’.
Parenting expert Siobhan Freegard from ChannelMum.com, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s often assumed that children are always closest to their mum, but this simply isn’t the case.
“As fathers become more hands-on, there are plenty of children and adults who value the bond with dad just as much – and in some cases even more than their relationship with their mum.”
The study also found that different life events can also have an effect on relationships between parents and their offspring, with having a baby more likely to bring them closer to their mum than dad.
Grown-up children also turn to mum over dad when they are moving house, get their first job or get married.
But people feel closer to dad when they learn to drive and are more likely to share a common interest with them as they get older than they are with their mum.
Sons and daughters also feel closer to dad after being taught a new craft or skill by them.
The study also found almost one in five Brits admitted to being jealous of one of their siblings and the relationship they have with their parents.
And of those who are parents, 13 per cent feel jealous of how close their children are to their other parent.
More than four in 10 even admitted to worrying about their children drifting from them as they get older.
The research, carried out via OnePoll, also found that being there for each other no matter what (58 per cent) is the most important factor in a parent and child relationship, followed by being able to talk about anything (58 per cent) and spending quality time together (56 per cent)
Others believe a mutual respect is important (55 per cent) along with giving children the freedom to make their own choices (48 per cent) and forgiving each other when you make mistakes (45 per cent).
A spokesman for ChannelMum.com added: “The relationship you have with your mum and dad will be one of the best and longest of your life.
“While there will be times where it may feel like you don’t always get one, the love a parent has for a child is unconditional and they will always be there for you, no matter what.”