Ever wanted to know the secret to a blissfully happy life as parent? Apparently, it all comes down to the number of kids you have!

There’s no doubt being a mum is equal parts heartache and joy, no matter how many kids you have. But according to one survey the secret to happy family is having two children.

Parents are happiest with this number of kids

UK baby retailer Online4baby asked 2000 Gen-Zs and Gen-Xers what number of children is right for a happy life. A whopping 49 percent said two kids.  The next most popular response was three children (14 percent) – followed by none. Very funny kids.

Interestingly, a survey of British parents a couple of years ago found that parents believe having two girls is the best combination for a happy family life.

Why do parents want more kids?

The survey also posed another interesting question: If you currently have a child or children, and are planning to have further children, what is the single biggest factor motivating that decision?

The most compelling reason? Because they want their child to have a sibling, so they’ll always have a friend. The next most popular answer was not feeling their family is complete with just one child. And five percent of parents didn’t want their child to grow up as an only child.

The survey also asked those not planning on having kids, or any more kids, why they’ve made that decision. Unsurprisingly, the majority (21.4 percent) said the financial cost of raising children is too much.

So, what do we think – is two the perfect number of children for a happy life? Let us know in the comments.

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  • I think most of my family have opted for 2 or 3


  • We are really happy with 2 children, though my sister has 4 and she is equally happy. I think every bodies circumstances and preferences are different. Surveys can be very subjective


  • My main deciding factor was how many children my husband wanted. It’s a decision for both parents and individual for them.


  • I like how the British survey said 2 girls were believed to be the most happiest family life. They obviously didn’t survey people with 2 TEENAGE girls. Haha.


  • Personally I think the best number is how ever many you want as long as you can love and care for them as much as they need you. I honestly don’t think there is a best number.


  • I think at least 2 children.


  • I have 2 girls and am pretty happy but have not decided if I’m going to have one more or not just yet


  • I didn’t feel complete with the 2, so we went and had a third with a 9 year gap between him and the middle child. We felt like a complete family after that.


  • I have three children. I swore if I had a daughter I would give her a sister because I’m the only girl of 7 & often felt very alone & missed out on that special bond that only sisters share. So when my second child was a boy, I went back again & got my second daughter. I would have loved to have tried for another boy but was told I couldn’t have any more children.


  • I feel complete having my two girls, i love that they enjoy playing the same things.


  • I have two boys and am so complete. Two hands, two kids.
    It takes special types of people to be able to juggle more. For me, it’s just enough chaos and a full heart to have two.
    It’s such a personal decision.


  • I was just saying this very morning that 2 was enough for me. Any more and I could not imagine coping, financially, emotionally or psychologically


  • I honestly don’t think there is a ‘magic’ number. It all depends on the couple, their finances, their wants/needs, and what they perceive to be right for them!


  • I have an only child. It was never our intention, just how life turned out. He would have loved a sibling for comfort, companionship, etc. Most of my friends have either single or two children. I think 2 kids allows them a companion and someone to share and spend time with; and or the older sibling to look after the younger, etc. so I can see why that would work. Also helps with homes, cars, etc. 3 kids tips you into another level of expense.


  • I never see the point of these sort of surveys because if you have more than the supposed number what are you supposed to think, that you got it ‘wrong’? !
    It took me 20+ to have my first, and as an only child I wanted a second bub…. uh oh, got twins!
    ultimately what works for one family wont automatically work for another, and money comes into it too. I also think it’s kinda rude to ask people who dont have kids why – it’s a very personal question and there are positives and downsides to every option.


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