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When Your Child Picks Favorites

If your child is showing your partner all the love, use this blueprint to win back his affection.
Boy with dad

We've all felt like the third wheel at times, but you probably never imagined that you'd be the odd one out with your own kid. It's hard to know how to react when your child suddenly cries for Daddy to take over the bedtime routine. Picking favorites, though, is a normal part of your toddler's development. "Kids this age are starting to understand that Mommy and Daddy are individual people, and they can get different things from each parent," explains Alison Gopnik, Ph.D., author of The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life. Still, if you're the jilted one, this stage can be tough to swallow. Follow these smart moves to help you get back in the game.