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Backlash for Calgary Dad Who Admits Having a Favourite Child
Dad faces harsh criticism but stands by his public confession

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Buzz Bishop has a favourite son and isn’t afraid to admit it. Bishop, a broadcaster from Calgary and writer, “Dadcamp” on Babble, wrote two blog posts last week in which he confesses that his older son is his favourite of the two. Soon after, the internet was buzzing with reactions.

In his first post, That Time When I Got My Girlfriend Pregnant, Bishop wrote about how his 5-year old Zacharie was conceived after Bishop had been with his girlfriend, now second wife, Jennifer, for barely two months. At the end of the post, Bishop wrote, “If I were to be absolutely honest, my older son is my favorite of the two.”

After receiving some negative feedback, Bishop wrote a follow-up post titled, “Admit It, You Have A Favorite Kid. I Do.” in which he attributes picking favourites to the fact that Zacharie is older and “can do more things,” than his 2-year old brother, Charlie.

“You really don’t care that your kids could find this one day? I cannot imagine seeing something like this…to read that I wasn’t the favorite would be a crushing blow. In fact, reading that I WAS the favorite would be crushing as well because I would feel so awful for my sibling. WHY must you put this on the internet?” wrote one commenter.

The response has not been entirely negative. Some readers commented with understanding or empathy toward Bishop’s post.

“All you parents need to seriously simmer down. This dad is hilarious, tongue-in-cheek and honest,” wrote Bethann McLauren.

“I commend you for being so honest and I can relate…I think you will see as they get older and the younger child can ‘do more stuff’ that your ‘favorite’ may go back and forth as their personalities develop…Kudos to you for being honest and HUMAN,” wrote Emily Baker.

Bishop stands by his decision to admit he has a favourite and to post it on the internet. He amended his post, with a link to a Today Moms blog post from 2011 that writes, “Fess up. When it comes to your kids, you do have a favorite.”

On Friday, a Today Moms post titled, “You have a favorite child? Fine, just don’t admit it!,” was published, criticizing Bishop for his public confession.

“The more I think about what I wrote and the intense attention it has received, the more I just kinda say ‘really?’” Bishop wrote on his Twitter Monday night. Throughout the week, Bishop has tweeted with the hashtags #worstparentintheworld and #favoritekid.


Mollie Paige is an intern working at the Toronto Standard. You can follow her on twitter @MolliePB

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