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The Best Combination Of Siblings For A Happy Family

Posted: Apr 9, 2011 9:16 AM
Updated: Apr 9, 2011 9:51 AM

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What's the secret to a happy family? According to a recent study, two girls.

Having two daughters leads to the most harmonious family life, according to a study by the popular U.K. parenting website Bounty.com. The survey of more than 2,000 families with different combinations of siblings found two girls are most likely to be: well-behaved, play nicely together, easy to reason with, and rarely try to push each other's buttons.

But don't think that more girls means more giggles. Au contraire. The study included an awesome list, ranking the "Best to Worst Combinations of Kids."

If you've ever been in a house full of kids, regardless of the mix of genders, you know that chaos and happiness aren't mutually exclusive. (Remember the Brady Bunch -- three girls, three boys; and what about the Kardashians -- six girls, four boys? Plenty of turmoil and tranquility in both cases.)

However, the Bounty study found that there was something about just four girls that made moms and dads surveyed the least happy with family life overall.
One in three parents of four girls "found it hard to cope on a daily basis," reported the study. "Parents of four girls also admitted to having to cope with an average of four fights or arguments a day."

Here is the list:

Best to worst combinations of siblings, according to British web site Bounty.com:
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

What do you think of this list? What combination do you have? Post your comment below.

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