April 20, 2011

How Many Sisters in a Happy Family?

How many siblings do you have? Perhaps just one sister? If that's the case, did you have a happy family life?

Apparently, a popular U.K. parenting site (Bounty.com) did a study surveying over 2,000 families with different combinations of siblings and made a list of the "Best to Worst Combinations of Kids" for a harmonious family life (via one of my fav websites, the Body Odd, click to read the original article :)

When we were young - 10 x 10 fine art by VivienneWard

So what's the best combination? Two sisters! What's the worst? Four sisters! One in three parents (of 4 girls) found them "hard to cope [with] on a daily basis." Apparently this combination results in the least amount of familial peace. I don't have any sisters so I wouldn't know, but I bet lots of people would disagree. Second place was one girl and one boy.

Original collage for you to print by magymai711

I'm sure the results would have been different if the survey was done by a U.S. parenting website, but it's still pretty interesting to learn about. What do you think is the best combination? Did you live with one or four sisters and found it to be completely different than what the results of this survey concluded? Do you have several kids and find them easy or hard to raise?

Tranquil Morning by theaterclouds

Here's the full list, from the best to worst combinations of siblings, according to 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
So what do you think?


Carrie @ Fine & Handy said...

Very interesting. I have 4 sisters and they are truly my best friends. There were times growing up that one or two of us weren't getting along with each other but for the most part I think we were ok for our parents. I also have 4 brothers, that might make a difference.I have 2 girls and they don't get along very well in this stage of their lives; it actually makes me sad. I hope they will be best friends one day.

galla15 said...

Well I have one sister, and I think it was pretty rough. I am not sure what factors they take into account but I think the age gap would make a difference in the combinations. My sister and I are only a year and a half apart so we went through high school very close together. Which meant similar circles of friends, the same teachers... and it created a lot of jealousy and competition between us. I think just another year apart and it wouldn't have been such a threat between us. So I would think the age gap would play a big factor.

bloomandbling said...

Ok...I have to weigh in here.

I have one brother...so on that part I agree with the findings. My brother and I got along as well as any siblings and we weren't difficult for my parents. So I agree with the "one boy and one girl" being a good combo.

BUT...I have four children (2 boys and 2 girls) and I don't find them a bad combination at ALL!! And the list has that combination toward the bottom. The two girls are 10 and 2 and the two boys are 12 and 1. Perhaps the age gap has something to do with the fact that I don't have many problems. I guess it's like I had one boy and one girl...just twice :)

Aulani Photography and BH Giveaways said...

That is interesting. I dont know how people even handle one... lol

Anonymous said...

I have one sister, and while we have our ups and downs, we pretty much get along fine!

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Linda B said...

Interesting study. I can't say because I am an only child.

Audrey said...

I'm the oldest of three. One sister and one brother.
We have two boys - which is perfect for me!! It would be interesting to see how North American families are different in their thinking.

Glitterbird Glamour said...

I have one sister and one brother. My sister and I are two years apart and don't get along. My brother is handicapped, so our relationship is a little different. There are so many variations to what affects relationships...

New Hampshire Gardener said...

I think every family is different but I do love the art you've chosen to illustrate your topic. You must have spent a lot of time searching for these lovely pieces. Very nice.

Kristi Michelle said...

fabulous post and very interesting - I have two girls, and I have one sister and one brother, and my sister has two girls... and we are all pretty good pals :o)

nancy said...

Interesting post. I wish I had a sister but have 4 older brothers! It was kind of rough growing up but we get along along very well now - glad I have them!

BijiBijoux said...

Great post and interesting! I have one sister and 3 brothers. My sister is my best friend and best sister in the world to me. We use when we were young to fight about silly things but now no days goes without calling her and see how is she doing.
I have my own 2 boys and 1 girl and they don't get along together now but I am praying when they get older will be the best brothers to thier sister.

Manda Jane said...

I'm an only child and that worked out perfectly for me! I wouldn't have had it any other way!

* said...

Interesting study. I am the oldest of 4. Two sisters and one brother(the youngest). My nearest sister and I were always at ends growing up, yet as we matured, we became extremely close and get along great! Both of us are close to our younger brother too. But, while the other sister stays in touch with us, none of us are really that close with her. Friends, in-laws, and material pursuits seem to come first. I think a lot of it is in our genes, experiences in life and and how our parents raised us.

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jlcjbuzz said...

I have one sister! Had a delightful childhood...with some bickering (expected) but also wonderful memories. We are still close, although live far apart. A special bond for sure!
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Sewinggranny - Mona said...

I have 3 sisters and 1 brother and we had a great childhood although the last sisters were twins and I was 12 when they came along so I helped with them alot....at different times in our lives different silblings have been really close! I would not change a thing that is for sure.

Leah R. Hood, Jewelry Designer & Artisan said...

Well, I think the study should extend its parameters. I have 3 sisters AND 3 brothers. My husband has 2 sisters AND 3 brothers. So I'm not sure what that means.... LOL>

KrystalsJewelry said...

I love your post!!! great pictures and information. I have one older sister and one younger brother. so im guessing a good combination???!!!!!! haha~

Crimson Hill Soaps and Scents said...

Hmmmm....very interesting! Never thought about that before. I am the oldest with two younger brothers.

Elizabeth said...

I'm the middle child with an older brother and younger sister. When we were small my sister and I got along great, but once those hormones kicked in, forget about it. We are only sixteen months apart, and extremely different in personalities, except we are both stubborn. We are finally back on good terms after quite a few years of strife.

Anonymous said...

Interesting topic. I am the oldest of three and there's a boy in the middle. There were shifts in 'closeness' as we grew and to this day, sometimes we agree to disagree. I thank my mother for letting us develop into our own selves - we are so different. But we are the same at the core and I wouldn't trade my siblings for anything in the world.

Katrina @ They All Call Me Mom said...

Hmmm....very interesting.
I wonder what they'd say about our combination? It wasn't listed.
We have 5 girls and 4 boys.
So that's 5 sisters.
So far so good over here. I mean, they have their squabbles, but you know...that's just life with sibs. But of course...everyone "loves" the BABY, lol. Our youngest is a girl, and all 4 of her sisters just adore her. Of course, she's only two. All two year old are adorable. Let's just give her a few more years....

As for me, I grew up with just one sibling; a sister. She was five years younger than me. At first, she was fun. I loved having a "baby" to dress up and all that. I used to teach her "school" as soon as she was old enough to sit in a chair without tipping over. But then...when she turned 3 and I was 8 -- the fun ended. She got into all my things. She was no longer "cute" but annoying. And that stage lasted for years! It wasn't until I was 17 and she was 12 that we began to get along again. It was my driver's license that did it. I finally had my own car and I could drive places on my own, but my mom wouldn't let me drive friends around yet. Just my sister. So, I made the best of it and I took her everywhere. She, of course, loved it. She had a cool sister who could drive, LOL. Then I left home, got married, had kids...while she was doing the high school then college-thing. We barely talked during those years. Now she is married and has 3 kids of her own. We are the best of friends.

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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a sweet and interesting post! ~ Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)