Two daughters is the secret to domestic bliss

Updated: Apr 08, 2011, 19:41 PM IST

London: The key to a happy family is having two daughters, according to a new study.

Researchers concluded that two girls are unlikely to fight, will play nicely together, rarely annoy their parents and tend not to wind each other up.

Scientists also claimed that they also make little noise, seldom ignore each other and are more likely to confide in their mother or father.

Researchers questioned thousands of mothers and fathers of under-16s to come up with the recipe for a harmonious family life.

Those with two girls were most likely to say their children were easy to reason with, helped around the house and generally got on well with each other.

After two girls, the second most appealing combination of children was one girl and one boy, with 86 per cent of parents saying their
little boy and little girl were genuine friends.

The third most favourable combination was two boys, with parents saying their sons pay each other lots of attention and are close friends – but are less likely to confide in their mum or dad as they grow up.

“We often assume little girls behave like angels, and if you have two this certainly seems to be the case,” the Daily Mail quoted Faye Mingo from, which commissioned the research, as saying.

“But the more girls you have the more of a handful they become – more so than boys, in fact. Going from two to four girls seems 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.

“Rightly or wrongly, many parents have a set idea about the combination of children that would make up their ideal family unit.

“But of course nature doesn’t allow us to choose what we actually end up with or even what personalities our children will have,” Mingo added.