UNITED KINGDOM (CBS) — If you are planning a family, having two daughters may be the key to a happy home life according to a new study out of the United Kingdom.

Bounty.com, a popular UK parenting website, polled parents across the United Kingdom and found that families with two girls were more harmonious and had fewer arguments. The study also found that two girls were more well behaved, got along better and were more likely to help around the house.

However, doubling the number of girls does not make for a happier home. Researchers found that a family of four girls was the worst combination of children. They say that parents with four daughters reported to be the least content with overall family life. Parents also cited their families argued more often.

The second best child combination was one girl and one boy.

The Bounty.com study examined 2,116 families with 12 different combinations of children, excluding only children. Researchers asked parents to rank their children’s behavior within the family based on categories ranging from compatibility to ease of care.

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

Comments (5)
  1. Sue says:

    Absolute rubbish! I have two daughters, two years apart now in their 20’s. The teen years we’re hell and now they still manage to fight from opposite ends of the United States!

  2. mary h says:

    I grew up with four sisters. For the most part, we got along pretty well. We still do.

  3. vee says:

    I have two kids–1 boy and 1 girl. Though they argue a lot, they don’t exhibit any sibling rivalry. My daughter temper is very controlled and I admire her for her self discipline. My son is kind of withdrawn but stands his ground during arguments with his sister. I sometimes am amused when I see them argue over little things while folding the laundry or washing the dishes. Though my daughter is younger, she is more mature than her brother and more self disciplined. My son is more adventurous and sometimes careless. If I could duplicate both of them, I would prefer to have a dozen boys and the same number of girls.

  4. Jack says:

    I’ll stick with my faithful,loyal dog

  5. Jenny says:

    This is absolutely true in our family! We have two girls that are exactly four years apart. At age 6 and 2, my husband and I are complimented all the time in public on how well behaved are girls are. They are so sweet to eachother and love to help us around the house. They are truly the glue that holds are family together. They definitely know how to make us smile and laugh! I know my husband would have loved having a little boy but having two girls truly makes are family happier!!!

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