Did you have a mother who was constantly on your back about your school work or harassing you to excel in your competitive hobbies? Well, it’s possible that you should count yourself lucky. A study has revealed that girls who have nagging mothers grow up to become successful women – more so than their peers.
The research, carried out by the University of Essex from 2004 to 2010, followed the lives of 15,500 girls between the ages of 13 and 14. It found that the girls with pushy mothers who had high standards for them were more likely to go on to university and earn higher wages. The researchers also found that the same girls were also less likely to become pregnant as teenagers.
Researcher Ericka Rascon-Ramirez of Teenage Behaviour explained the study, saying: ‘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.’
She continued: ‘What our parents expected about our school choices was, very likely, a major determinant of our decisions about conceiving a child or not during our teenage years.’
The study, which was reported by the Daily Mail, then went onto prove that the most pushy parent was typically the mother as opposed to the father.
‘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,’ it said.
Additionally, the research highlighted that the nagging parents were most marked among the least academic teenagers in the study, particularly in instances where they had fewer friends or teachers willing to encourage them.
So despite what we think, all the nagging really might pay off…