As a teenager, a nagging mum can often be the biggest of your problems, but a new study suggests that mothers who nag may actually be extremely beneficial…
A new study from the University of Essex shows that girls who are raised by strict mothers with high expectations are far more likely to succeed in life. Particularly, mothers who are constantly nagging their daughters have a much stronger influence on growing women.
While of course nagging dads have strong influences on their children, and a nagging mother can have a major impact on her son; it’s the mother-daughter relationship where the correlation is strongest.
A daughter with a strong female role model is far more likely to succeed, and far more likely to develop a great sense of self-confidence. The study also found that daughters of nagging parents were around 4% less likely to fall pregnant as teenagers.
“In many cases we succeeded in doing what we believed was more convenient for us, even when this was against our parents’ will,” says lead researcher on the study, Ericka Rascon-Ramirez. “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.”
So there you have it – if your mother nags you, you’re in good, wise, strong hands – and your future sure is bright!