When your child says things like "I only love mommy" or "Go away, I want daddy to give me a bath!", it's easy to feel like you're doing something wrong. Remember this: Your child's rejection is not a barometer of your parenting. In these moments, there's nothing wrong with the in-favor parent, the out-of-favor parent, or the child. In fact, your child's rejection is a sign that they feel safe enough in your presence to even express their displeasure. In this week's episode, Dr. Becky hears from three parents who are struggling with phases of parental preference. She gently reminds each parent of their goodness and provides actionable strategies to manage these tricky and often triggering moments.

A preview of the good inside this episode:

(2:58-4:34): Why do kids get upset at parents who aren't around as much?

(12:16-14:30): Why is my daughter mean to me?

(21:57-22:39): How to parent my kid when they don't want me to?

(28:14-29:52): Three main takeaways

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