Being a mother can be difficult, where it often feels like all we do is nag. We’re constantly reminding our daughters to clean their rooms, come home early, and do their homework — the list goes on, and on, and on…
In a study conducted by the University of Essex, shows that during adolescence daughters of nagging mothers have a greater chance of succeeding in life and are more likely to be successful than those with super laidback mothers.
The reminders, arguments, discussions, and harassment you’ve dished out are all worth it.
The study reviewed over 15,000 13 and 14-year-old teenage girls for six years. Results concluded that those who stayed on top of their chores, school, and responsibilities were more likely to go to college and have high paying jobs.
They were also less likely to become pregnant as teens. The “nagging” doesn’t necessarily come in the form that you think but has more to do with setting consistent expectations as a parent.It was also discovered during the study which you may find surprising is that kids are listening even when you think they are not.
Lead researcher Ericka G. Rascon-Ramirez stated that no matter what, parents influence decision-making:
“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.”
It appears, parents subconsciously create standards which takes root in their children’s minds. The pushback and other typical teenage reactions we receive act as a mask. They don’t always like hearing it, but it works!
Cautioning them about having babies early, a poor work ethic, and low grades can inform their choices from a young age and prepare them to seize opportunities for long-term success. Being an annoying, unsolicited advice-giver has its perks.
Moms, know that there are benefits to our madness and try to avoid saying things like, “I told you so” and avoid gloating over your kid’s mistakes. Encouragement and helpful “nagging” is likelier to lead your girls down a successful path.
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