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Listen to Your Mother: Girls with Nagging Moms Grow Up to Be More Successful

posted: 11/09/17
by: Amanda Mushro
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If you were on the receiving end of constant eye rolling because you had to remind your daughter five times to brush her teeth or you asked her about 12 times if she completed her homework--you are killing it at this motherhood gig. If your daughter doesn't agree, tell her you now have science to back up your motherly nagging.

A study conducted by the University of Essex in England, that is titled "Behind every successful woman is a nagging mom," has found teenage girls are more successful if they have nagging mothers. Moms, let's say it all together "We told you so!"

For the study, researchers followed the lives of 15,500 girls between the ages 13 and 14 for about six years. What they found was the girls with moms who set high standards for their daughters as they were growing up, were more likely to go on to college as well as earn higher wages because of better jobs and career choices.

"In many cases we succeeded in doing what we believed was more convenient for us, even when this was against our parents' will," said researcher 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."

The study also found that girls with nagging mothers were less likely to become teen mothers. The research says parents with high expectations reduce a teenager's chance of becoming pregnant by 4 percent, compared to those with "middling aspirations."

So the next time your daughter complains that you nag too much, Mom, just tell her it's only because you love her and because you are always right.