“Behind every successful woman is a nagging mum.”
That was the name of the study from the University of Essex, whose research found that girls who had mothers with high expectations of their behaviour were more likely to go to uni, earn a higher salary, and end up with successful partners.
The study, which began in 2004, focused on 15,500 girls aged between 13 and 14, and followed them for a period of seven years.
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Not only were those with pushier parents found to be more successful, they also decreased their chances of falling pregnant as a teenager.
“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,” said researcher Ericka Rascon-Ramirez.
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“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.”
So next time you’re being nagged (or maybe nagging children of your own), remember that in the long run, it benefits everyone.