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While parents may claim they love all their children equally we suspect most kids don't think that's actually true, and according to a new survey those kids are right. 

A poll conducted by the online forums Mumsnet and Gransnet finds that more than half of parents admit they love their youngest child the most, with only 26% preferring their eldest kid. As for why the youngest child is more loved, 61% of parents say it’s because their older children are “tricky and demanding.”

A previous study actually suggested the opposite, that the firstborn is more favored, but that study looked at parent behavior as opposed to asking them outright who was their favorite.

Of course some parents feel guilty about loving one child more with Justine Roberts, founder of Gransnet, noting, “Favoritism is one of the last taboos,” although she adds, “The distilled Mumsnet wisdom on this issue is that lots of parents like their children differently: the crucial thing is to love them all wholly.” 

Source: Good Housekeeping UK


In the world of household chores, some are definitely better than others. And one of the most hated tasks around is dealing with that sink of dirty dishes. We all dread the task of scraping dried oatmeal out of the bowl and now new research confirms what we already knew: doing dishes stresses moms out more than any other chore.

A new report from the Council of Contemporary Families looks into how modern couples divide up household chores and how that division of labor affects our relationships long-term. Dan Carlson, assistant professor of family, health and policy at the University of Utah and his team gathered info on couples’ laundry, grocery shopping and house cleaning habits and found that women who wash the majority of dishes at home reported less satisfaction in their relationships, more conflict, and worse sex lives than those who split dish duty with their partners.

So why does doing dishes piss us off more than picking up dirty clothes off of the bathroom floor? "Doing dishes is gross," Carlson explains "There is old, moldy food sitting in the sink. If you have kids, there is curdled milk in sippy cups that smells disgusting."

Been there, washed that, buddy. So basically, guys should remember: “If you wanna be my lover, you better go wash some plates.”

Source: The Stir


It isn’t uncommon these days for workers to move to a new job every few years, but is such job-hopping actually a good career move? Well that depends on who you ask.

According to a new Robert Half poll, 64% of workers think moving to a new job every few years is a good thing, with that number going up to 75% for those ages 18 to 34, and down to 59% for those 35 to 54.

And while many see earning a higher salary at a new gig to be a big perk of such job-hopping, 46% worry about being seen as a flight risk, and those people may be right. The poll finds that 44% of CFOs say they would likely not hire someone with a history of job-hopping out of fear they may lose them in the future. Although it does depend on how big the company is, with 51% of CFOs at companies with more than 1,000 employees seeing job-hopping as no big deal as long as the candidate is the right fit for a job.

As for what actually constitutes a job hopper, professionals say anyone who has had five job changes in 10 years qualifies. CFOs say it’s anyone who’s had six. 

Source: Robert Half 

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