The research is in! According to a study led by the University of Essex, nagging mothers are actually winning at life! As much as it might pain a few of us to even say those words, new data explains those constant nudges and annoyingly repetitive requests actually result in well-rounded daughters and superior members of society.
Whether you’re a daughter or a son, most likely you’re familiar with the term. Apparently, ‘nagging’ or being a ‘nag’ isn’t such a bad thing anymore! Renowned researcher, Ericka Rascon-Ramirez, recently led a study examining the ‘roots’ of society’s most well-rounded women. The results shocked nearly everyone involved.
Conducted at the prestigious University of Essex, the research study concluded that “behind every successful women is a nagging mom.” If you think about it, the concept actually makes sense. Really, who else was there to harass you about school assignments, hygiene habits, or cleaning your room?
According to Ramirez, “the measure of expectations in this study reflects a combination of aspirations and beliefs about the likelihood of attending higher education reported by the main parent, who, in the majority of cases is the mother.” Now it all makes sense! Our moms achieved their goals as younger women and projected those same wants onto their children. Essentially, they stood by to make sure their kids grew up knowing how to get and stay ‘on track.’
As you might have guessed, the research showed a strong correlation between successful young women and mothers with higher education. In fact, ‘nagging moms’ reduced their teens odds of getting pregnant by a whopping 4% when compared to tolerant or ‘over indulgent’ parents. In addition, their daughters had significantly higher chances of graduating from a 4-year university course, establishing a strong career foundation, and earning more money over the course of their lifetimes.
“In many cases we succeeded in doing what we believed was more convenient for us, even when this was against our parents’ will. But no matter how hard we tried to avoid our parents’ recommendations, it is likely that they ended up influencing, in a more subtle manner, choices that we had considered extremely personal,” Ramirez explained.
We really couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Truthfully, a sincere thank you might be in order the next time you see your mother!
And to all those bossy, nagging moms, keep up the good work!
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