If a child feels like the odd person out, it could mean more problems in the teenage years, psychologists say. iStockphoto hide caption itoggle caption iStockphoto Shots - Health News Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality September 17, 2014 Mom always liked you best. But is that enough of an excuse to start smoking dope? It depends on how teenagers perceive parental preference, a study finds. And also how warm the family is overall.