If I were you I'd smile indulgently at him and tell him unless he doesn't have another daughter you don't know about somewhere, and as long as your son isn't an XX, you'll let him mangle the language to his heart's content. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English notes that in speech there's nothing wrong with it. to say that Delia is wrong, but John is right.You can say Rebecca is the younger of my two daughters or Rebecca is younger than daughter B, (both comparision mode) and Rebecca is my youngest daughter (superlative).Three out of five parents said their elder child was more likely to confide in them, and have done since an early age.Older children are also more transparent, with 63 per cent of parents feeling confident they know 'them inside out'.Lisa Penney added: ''The research shows that there are definitely benefits to being either the youngest or oldest in the family.''Whilst two in three parents agreed that their youngest was more likely to get away with bad behaviour, 60 per cent found themselves talking about and boasting to friends about their eldest child and their achievements.Phil appears to love home repair yet never seems to get around to any of the jobs requested by Claire.
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My husband and I disagree on the use of these two words.
Lisa Penney of ''Very few parents are willing to admit they have a favourite child, and even though research indicates this is the case, we certainly aren't suggesting parents love one child more than another.
''But the fact remains that in the majority of scenarios, parents favour their younger children.