My three daughters look so much alike that even though they are 14 and 22 months apart, when dressed alike for pictures, people often think they are triplets. However, they are very different on the inside. Each has their own unique personality. I found that this required different parenting styles as they were growing, which they tended to see as favoritism. However, I believe that even the Bible calls us to treat each one with the level of care and discipline they require as an individual in I Thessalonians 5.
As a teacher, the same is true. I need to approach each student as an individual and not only treat them, but teach them, according to their individual need. Raising children who are each so different has prepared me to be a better teacher. I am thankful that they taught me how to teach and nurture children with not only various learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses, but also very different personalities.