A mother of four who openly tells her kids she prefers one of them over the others today sparked outrage from This Morning viewers.
Alisha Tierney-March says her favourite child is two-year-old Kennedie and that her eldest children, Addison, nine, and Harleigh, seven, know it.
And she admitted crying for days when she found out when pregnant that her youngest, Elijah, now one year old, was a boy.
Hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield told her she could be doing her other three children untold, long-term psychological harm but she remained unrepentant.
The 32-year-old said she liked Kennedie the most because, unlike her two eldest daughters, she breastfed her and had more quality alone time together as Addison and Harleigh were at school.
She said that before Kennedie was born, Harleigh had been her favourite because Addison had colic and “screamed from 2pm to 2am”.
“She was really hard work and I did find it really hard to bond with her. She’s very different to me.
“The seven-year-old and the nine-year-old are at that pre-teen age and they bounce off each other.
“One will dare the other to see how far she can push us, so in that respect Kennedie is my favourite. She is just all-round nicer to be around.”
Alisha said the two eldest girls “don’t want Mummy, they don’t want cuddles, they don’t want that sort of affection”.
But Phillip told her: “Maybe the seven-year-old and the nine-year-old don’t want cuddles from Mummy because she’s too busy with Kennedie. They know that you like her better.”
Alisha replied: “They will say she’s my favourite and I will admit to them, ‘Yes’.”
A shocked Holly said: “The alarm bells are in my head right now and, actually, what that will do eventually.
“I know we’re giggling because it’s shocking, but that going in your head as a child and living that inside and then that growing and becoming bigger, do you not worry about the impact that’s going to have on them?”
Alisha said that despite Harleigh and Addison being fully aware they weren’t her favourites, they knew she loved them just as much and didn’t resent Kennedie.
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“Harleigh, up until very recently, did gymnastics. We were paying out what you would pay out on a small mortgage for her to do that. I’ve just got that different bond with Kennedie.”
On Elijah, she said: “When I found out it was a boy, I was upset. We’ve got three girls. Deep down I wanted another girl.”
Furious viewers criticised the mum on social media for being a terrible role model.
One wrote: “She’s awful! It’s disgusting she thinks it’s okay to admit having favourites!
“That’s gonna mess with their brains when they’re older and she won’t have ANY bond with them, they won’t wanna be close with her because she has favourites.”
— Capt Jack 🚢 (@GoProNeil13) April 17, 2018
Well those other 2 children deserve a different mum then, how can you favourite one over the other?! #thismorning
— Kennedy Hodkin (@KennedyHodkinx) April 17, 2018
Actually can’t believe there’s a women on this morning admitting that her youngest child is her favourite publicly😳can you image hearing your mum saying that and how it would make you feel!! #ThisMorning
— Chantellee (@ChantelleeBx) April 17, 2018
Surely you’d end up with a complex if your mum made it clear she had a favourite 🤷 #ThisMorning
— Ella (@ellajkeely) April 17, 2018
— Nicola Evans (@niccherryevans) April 17, 2018
Imagine growing up and finding out ur mum went on national tv to say she has a favourite child n it’s not you😂😭 what a div HAHAH #ThisMorning
— abbie (@abxsx) April 17, 2018
I feel so sorry for the kids watching their mum admitting on national tv that she loves one of her children more than the rest #ThisMorning
— Ch🅰rlotte Moores (@charlottemoorsy) April 17, 2018
#Thismorning bet her mum had a favourite and it weren’t her !!!
— ☘sarah murphy☘ (@sarahx1912x) April 17, 2018
Holly revealed a poll of 12,000 This Morning viewers, with an overwhelming 94 per cent insisting no parent should have a favourite child.
* This Morning is on ITV weekdays at 10.30am.
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