Got girls? Lucky — as long as you just have two of them.
According to a new study by Bounty.com (the British parenting site, not the paper towel brand), the ideal family includes two daughters and no sons.
Says Bounty, two daughters were found to be “‘easy to reason’ with, ‘helped around the house’ and generally ‘liked each other'”.
Having four girls, however, doesn’t double the bliss. In fact, it makes for chaos. Parents of four girls reported that they “fight and argue all the time,” “take ages getting ready for school” and are generally “hard to cope with on a daily basis.”
Families with one boy and one girl ranked second in the bliss factor, while two boys — my combo — ranked third. There were no details on how parents of two boys got along, so I have added my own.
- Frequently noisy, especially when there is a ball, a horn or “HE STARTED IT!” involved.
- Help around the house (when threatened or fishing for cash to buy more Airsoft bullets or FIFA soccer trading cards.)
- Quite easy to reason with, largely because they stopped listening to you right after the verb and are now thinking about what’s in the pantry.
- Rarely ignore each other. I mean, dude, let’s go kick/shoot/throw/hit the ball until dinner.
- Play together nicely…until there’s blood.
- Confide in you, as long as there’s no eye contact involved.
- Behave well. As long as you’re in earshot. (What was that THUD)?
- Don’t take long to get ready for school. (Ahem. You can’t go to school in what you slept in, mister.)
- Easy to deal with when ill, provided you don’t mind hours and hours of Mythbusters and chip crumbs on the couch.
- Really like each other. Today, anyhow.
Share, share: What’s your combo of kids and why do you love it (or not)?