Researchers examined the lives of families with different combinations of children, both male and female and discovered the BEST combination for a happy family.

The results show of all the variations, two girls make for the most harmonious family life as they are unlikely to fight, will play nicely and are generally a pleasure to be around, shares The Telegraph.

It also emerged two girls rarely annoy their parents, make limited noise, often confide in their parents and are unlikely to wind each other up or ignore each other.

However families with four girls turned out to be the least happy, with one in four of those admitting they were not 100 per cent happy with their lot – and one in three finding it hard to cope on a daily basis.

The study was conducted with 2,116 parents of children aged 16 and under.

Faye Mingo, spokeswoman for www.bounty.com, said: ”The mums and dads we polled obviously dearly love their children, but those with bigger families find it much harder to keep the peace on a daily basis.

”The findings were absolutely fascinating – we often assume little girls behave like angels, and if you have two this certainly seems to be the case.

”But the more girls you have the more of a handful they become – more so than boys in fact.

”In fact, going from two to four girls seem to take parents from one extreme to the other – whilst doubling the amount of boys has much less impact.

”We expected two, three or four boys to come out as the most difficult combination of children to have, purely because of their energetic and boisterous personalities.”


1.Two girls
2.One boy and one girl
3.Two boys
4.Three girls
5.Three boys
6.Four boys
7.Two girls and one boy
8.Two boys and one girl
9.Three boys and one girl
10.Three girls and one boy
11.Two boys and two girls
12.Four girls

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  • We have two boys and a girl. It’s true that my boys wind each other up but I think it’s a lot more than just gender. This is a pretty simplified way of looking at things.


  • I don’t agree either! It all depends on the children and the parents.


  • Don’t agree with your list at all. I had two boys and two girls. the boys fought, but nowhere near as much as the girls. They paired off happily though eldest youngest girl/boy.


  • We’ve 5 girls and one boy here. I grew up in a happy 5 girls family.
    Don’t think this study is so trustworthy. I’ve a friend with 2 girls and she would tell you it’s fighting and annoying all the time.


  • I know a family who have 5 girls. 2 – 3 years between each baby. I don’t think they fought a lot and they now live a great variety of lifestyles


  • We are parents to an only child. I think you are blessed with children of either gender for a reason so I don’t adhere to this theory.


  • Not sure that I agree with this.


  • I have 3 girls and a boy. It’s my little man that fights with his sisters all the time.


  • I’m sure this really depends on the kids.


  • My combination is girl 15, boy 13, boy 12, girl 4 boy 3


  • I have 3 boys, 2 living and one girl. This works because of the huge age gap. Son 1 is turning 36, son 3 is turning 27 and our daughter is 2 weeks off 17. Never had problems as have pretty much been able to give each one individual attention when little and virtvirtually no fights with the kids


  • Hmmmmm, I think I will have to show this research to my children. We are in the number 2 best category and they have fought like cats and dogs since day one!


  • No combo for me. I’ve just got one daughter.
    But in my family we were 3 sisters (combo number 4 thus) and we were fighting all the time! :-)


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