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Old 01-24-2018, 05:09 PM
 
Location: NJ
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2 siblings, similar age but one is clearly smarter, more diligent, more blessed as far as appearance goes and has a winning personality. A clear case of a long term winner vs someone who unless he is proverbially kicked in the butt regularly will amount to mediocrity at best.

How can anyone even give the impression of liking both equally?

How to motivate the loser?
Give up trying to motivate the "loser" you don't have control over other people. You might lead by example but your example might just have the opposite effect on your target. Instead of motivating them just try to be supportive. Not everyone marches to the same drum and you really can't tell which beat is the more worthwhile one.

You never know what is inside a person or what they are capable of. Just be optimistic that when the chips are down they could surprise you. The smarter, more diligent and good looking sibling might walk past someone having a heart attack on the street for some reason. Maybe they don't have time or don't want to engage with "regular" people. The second sibling, being less diligent might not care if they are late (or even miss) work to stop and help someone in distress.
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Old 01-24-2018, 05:57 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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You have been offered some solid wisdom in previous threads.

I am a mother of three children- my sons are 4 and 3 (11 months apart- 'Irish' twins). Despite being so close in age, and about the same height, they've got very different personalities.

It isn't about labeling one child a winner and one child a loser- it is about finding where their individual strengths and talents lie.

Treat each child like the unique individual they are- help both of them discover what they're good at and praise them accordingly.
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:31 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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2 siblings, similar age but one is clearly smarter, more diligent, more blessed as far as appearance goes and has a winning personality. A clear case of a long term winner vs someone who unless he is proverbially kicked in the butt regularly will amount to mediocrity at best.

How can anyone even give the impression of liking both equally?

How to motivate the loser?

I'd start by NOT calling one of them a "loser".
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Old 01-24-2018, 07:31 PM
 
Location: here
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2 siblings, similar age but one is clearly smarter, more diligent, more blessed as far as appearance goes and has a winning personality. A clear case of a long term winner vs someone who unless he is proverbially kicked in the butt regularly will amount to mediocrity at best.

How can anyone even give the impression of liking both equally?

How to motivate the loser?
I sincerely hope you are a troll looking for a reaction and not a parent.
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Old 01-24-2018, 09:27 PM
 
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2 siblings, similar age but one is clearly smarter, more diligent, more blessed as far as appearance goes and has a winning personality. A clear case of a long term winner vs someone who unless he is proverbially kicked in the butt regularly will amount to mediocrity at best.

How can anyone even give the impression of liking both equally?

How to motivate the loser?
WOW! Are you the parent?

If you are, YOU are tying one of your kids hands behind his back
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Old 01-24-2018, 10:04 PM
 
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I'd start by NOT calling one of them a "loser".
Definitely. But harsh language and seemingly bad parenting aside, the overall question is a valid one. Our society tends to think everyone is equal, just in different ways. The thing is we are all a genetic crap shoot and there is nothing in biology that says we are all equal. Some people are born with brains and athleticism and some are born with neither. It stands to reason some are born losers in terms of genetics.

The environment of the home can help overcome the genetics. I think parents should be realistic about their kids and then parent to the individual kid's abilities. And every kid can be taught a strong work ethic, regardless of genetics. But to tell a kid he/she is a loser is to probably guarantee it.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:27 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Since the parent has already defined one of their children as a loser, the parent has doomed that child to mediocrity. Poor kid.

Chances are, the parent has a predefined criteria of what constitutes talent, and the "loser" child simply doesn't fit.

Hopefully the "loser" child has the will and fortitude to acheive what constitutes success by their own definition without any support form their loser parent.
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:10 AM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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They're the product of your genes and your parenting so I suppose I'd start by looking inward. Maybe some self-improvement is in order.
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:25 AM
 
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I'm really hoping that you aren't the parent.
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:33 AM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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You don’t change other people.

You change you.

So what if you don’t like him? You don’t have to like everybody. Maybe he doesn’t like you much either.

You already know you need to “give the impression you like them equally”. Now do it. Or GTFO.

If you fail at this you’ll screw them both up; are you a grown man? Or some shrieking pageant queen swooning with emotion? Control yourself.

I think you can do this. I’d like to see you look back at this thread in a year & say “I can’t believe how I was thinking!”
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