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Balancing Love: The Problem With Parental Favoritism

This podcast episode discusses the parable of the, Prodigal Son, and how it can teach parents to avoid, parental favoritism, among their children. It emphasizes the importance of showing, equal love and attention, to all children, celebrating their achievements without the, favoritism bias, recognizing their individual needs, and fostering open communication within the family. By drawing inspiration from the parable, parents can learn how to stop, favoritism in family, and create a strong and united family bond where every child feels valued and cherished.

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Scripture Luke 15:22 to 30

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’”

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Introduction to Parental Favoritism

The, parable of the Prodigal Son, teaches us about love, forgiveness, and the complexities of, parental favoritism, in family dynamics and why we should, avoid, parental favoritism, with our children. In it, we can find valuable lessons on how parents can avoid, parental favoritism, among their children, fostering a harmonious and supportive family environment.

Avoid Parental Favoritism by giving children Equal Love and Attention

“Parents can avoid, parental favoritism, by showing children you love them with gifts and affection. It is not just important to leave them an inheritance, children need evidence of your love. Why would a rich father never throw his sons a party and kill a goat or a cow? Parents should ensure that each child receives, equal love and attention, regardless of their circumstances.”

The, parable of the Prodigal Son, highlights the importance of equal love and attention among children. The father in the story, despite the mistakes and shortcomings of his younger son, welcomed him back with open arms and celebrated his return. This act of, love and acceptance, should serve as a reminder to parents that each child deserves to feel loved and valued, regardless of their past actions or current circumstances thus avoiding, parental favoritism.

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Avoid Parental Favoritism by Celebrate Achievements

“The father’s decision to throw a party for the returning son can be seen as a celebration of a, new beginning. Parents should celebrate their children’s achievements and milestones without bias so as to, avoid favoritism. Celebrate every achievement, let your kids know that you are proud of them.”

In the parable, the father’s celebration of the prodigal son’s return symbolizes the importance of celebrating achievements and milestones in a child’s life. Parents should take the time to acknowledge and appreciate their children’s accomplishments, whether big or small. By doing so, parents can instill a sense of pride and self-worth in their children, fostering a positive and supportive family environment while, balancing love and discipline.

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Recognize Individual Needs

“Each child is unique and has different needs. Just as the father in the story recognized his sons’ distinct situations. He had one son who wanted his money now and the other son who was willing to do whatever his father asked and that meant working in the fields every day. Parents should pay attention to what each child requires for their, growth and development.

The, parable of the Prodigal Son, emphasizes the importance of recognizing and addressing the individual needs of each child. The father in the story understood that his sons had different desires and aspirations, and he responded to them accordingly. Parents should strive to understand their children’s unique qualities, interests, and goals, and provide the necessary support and guidance to help them thrive. By doing so, parents can create an environment where each child feels seen, heard, and understood and avoid the, favoritism bias.

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Parents can avoid favoritism with Open Communication

“Encourage open and honest communication within the family. This can help children express their feelings and concerns, ensuring that no one feels neglected or unimportant.” This eliminates, favoritism in family.

Effective communication is crucial in maintaining a healthy and balanced family dynamic and the, balancing of love and discipline. The parable of the Prodigal Son reminds us of the importance of open and honest communication within the family as a way to, avoid favoritism. By creating a safe space for children to express their feelings, concerns, and needs, parents can ensure that no child feels neglected or unimportant. Regular family discussions, active listening, and empathy can go a long way in fostering strong and meaningful connections among family members.

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Conclusion Parental Favoritism and Future Outlook

The story of the Prodigal Son reminds us that parental love should be unconditional and impartial. To avoid, parental favoritism, among their children, parents can draw inspiration from this parable, striving to treat each child with fairness and love, regardless of their individual journeys or challenges. In doing so, they can create a strong and united family bond where every child feels valued and cherished.

As we navigate the complexities of, family dynamics, it is essential to remember the lessons from the, parable of the Prodigal Son as it relates to, favoritism in family.  By providing equal love and attention, celebrating achievements, recognizing individual needs, and fostering open communication, parents can create a nurturing environment where favoritism is replaced with fairness and love.

The impact of implementing these principles in our families can be profound. Children who feel loved, supported, and valued are more likely to develop healthy self-esteem, strong relationships, and a sense of belonging. They are also more likely to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

Moving forward, let us strive to be the parents who emulate the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son. Let us love our children unconditionally, celebrate their achievements, recognize their individual needs, and foster open communication. By doing so, we can create a future where every child feels cherished and where favoritism is replaced with a deep and abiding love for all.

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5 Ways to Radiate Happiness

The healing influence of, happiness, travels literally at the speed of light. Like a single inspiring thought that goes out on the internet and reaches millions of people in just a few hours; Happiness, multiplies exponentially, replacing chaos, confusion, and conflict with order, clarity, and peace.

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Why do we all want happiness? Everybody wants to be happy.

Happiness, cannot be seen or touched,  it is Spiritual. There are two types of, happiness: The first kind of, happiness, comes from things turning out the way we’d like them to. This is known as, happiness, for a reason. We say, “I’m happy because I have a family and friends,” or “I’m happy because I am in a relationship,” or “I’m happy because I’m going on vacation,” and so on.

This kind of, happiness, is inherently fleeting because it depends on external reasons that can be taken away from us at any time. Although we tend to avoid thinking about it, we can lose our friends, our job, our savings, our health, and our loved ones at any time.

These are temporary, external sources of, happiness, that come and go like a passing breeze. But real, happiness, can only flow from the inside out. It cannot be achieved by depending on people, things, employment etc. In the movie “show me the money” Tom Cruise made popular the phrase “you complete me” I know it sounds good and we all would like to know that someone feels that way about us; but someone else cannot truly complete us. Only God is our source of true, happiness. He promises to “never leave you or forsake you.

How to radiate Happiness from the inside out

As a Spiritual Life Coach, I have researched the following ways:

  1. Laughter – Laughter, is a symptom of spirituality. Laughter, is the flow of love coursing through your body. Laughter, is the nectar of present moment awareness. Invite more, laughter, into your life and relish the magic in every moment.

I am a very happy person. I have massive amounts of energy, I laugh frequently and smile naturally all the time. Once in a while something or someone would knock me off my, happiness, perch; but I don’t linger there. I immediately seek out  my Happy place. Remember the movie “Happy Gilmore“?  You can’t be your best if you are not in your happy place.

My Happy places are: Taking a walk in nature, either on the beach or in the park. When I lived in Toronto, and it was cold outside, I would take a drive, or watch a funny movie and laugh till I cried, or read a love story. You have to know your happy place and go there often. When you play and laugh with abandon, you enter into the present moment, which is the only place where you can experience happiness.

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  1. Unconditional love – Love is a spiritual emotion. Physiology has a truly alarming statistic that states that if a mother gives up on a child he or she becomes truly lost. If the entire world gives up on him or her the child would still have hope; but if the mother is still supporting him, regardless of how many people write him/her off, that child can change and turn his or her life around.
  2. That is why God hard wired, unconditional love, into mothers. The Disney movie Maleficent does an awesome job with this theory with the love of a mother substitute! The message, the only true love is the love of a mother! I love Angelina Jolie, she is my hero. When you love unconditionally, you access your spiritual realm and radiate happiness from the inside out. The object of your love is able to feel that love and revel in it.

When we don’t practice, unconditional love, we experience pain, doubt, and unhappiness. Love isn’t a capricious emotion but is a state of being. It is an experience of unity with all creation. In spirit we are pure love. We don’t have to search outside ourselves for love, because love is our essence.” David Simon

The peace from meditation contributes to happiness

3        Meditation– Allows us to tap into your own inexhaustible source of inner peace, fulfillment, spiritual development, personal development and self- awareness. The essence of, meditation, is experiencing our innate wholeness, the unity of our body, mind, and spirit. True, happiness, is an internal state of consciousness that allows us to be happy for no reason at all.

It is independent of the circumstances, events, people, and things in our lives. This, happiness, comes from the realization that our true self isn’t our body, thoughts, emotions, personality, possessions, accomplishments, relationships, or any other time-bound attribute.

Our essential nature is pure, unbounded consciousness, also known as the field of all possibilities. The attributes of this field include happiness, love, timelessness, compassion, creativity, wisdom, silence, and grace. This state of consciousness can only be accessed through the stillness of meditation.

4   Replace Fear with Love – One of the clouds that obscure our innate state of, happiness, and block our spiritual awakening is unnecessary fear and anxiety. This fear is a negative emotion that causes anxiety, inflammation and pain. The root cause of this fear, is because we are afraid of rejection, failure, intimacy, embarrassment, abandonment, loss, the unknown, being judged, being alone, losing control, expressing our true feelings, and so many other things.

Spiritual Life Coaching can help you release the grip that fear has on you by expanding your awareness to the pure potentiality of your true self and nature, which is infinite, whole, and unbounded.

5        Become Conscious – In my book “Becoming Conscious, My Awakening” I write about becoming conscious of my spirituality, becoming conscious of Synchro-destiny, a term this is used to label that every moment is as it should be, and that there are no coincidences in life. Everything is preordained.

When you accept this fact, then you will live more in the moment because you realize that in this moment is where miracles happen. The bible says “seek and you will find” if you look for the miracles of life, you will find them and then you will, radiate Happiness, from the inside out.

Just as a radiant sunrise can be hidden behind the clouds, our inner happiness can become obscured by constricted awareness, limiting thought patterns, and emotional turmoil. Yet no matter how long we have been lost in fear and limitation, we can learn to rise above the clouds of conditioning and awaken to the source of, happiness, within us.

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About Myrna Morris Young

Myrna Morris Young is a Certified Professional Spiritual, Life and Executive Coach and President and CEO of MyHELPS Inc. She resides in Fort Myers, FL.


 The mission of MyHelps Inc. is to help you identify and achieve the goals that are necessary in order to improve the quality of your professional and spiritual life. At the moment of conception our purpose and personalities are predetermined and set in place. Personal and business life coaching helps discover and unveil that purpose along with your passions and inner strengths.

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