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Do Nagging Mothers Raise More Successful Daughters?


Do you consider yourself a pushy mother? If your children can’t stand you sometimes because you nag the hell out of them, don’t worry – they’ll thank you one day.

Dr. Ericka Rascon-Ramirez, a researcher at the University of Essex, found girls of nagging mothers to be more likely to go to college, be more successful at their jobs, and avoid getting pregnant at teenage years as opposed to girls who were raised by more relaxed mothers.

As the Daily mail release puts it: “Behind every successful woman is a nagging mom? Teenage girls more likely to succeed if they have pushy mothers.”

And while we cannot say for a fact that this research is true for everyone, there is a point in it. Namely, no matter how much children try to avoid the recommendations and the advice of their ‘nagging’ mothers, they can’t really escape its influence. They can try and rebel against their mother’s words, but in a subtle and subconscious way, her words will stick to them and they will be of major importance when it comes to the choices they make in life.

Or, in other words, when your daughter rolls up her eyes and says to you that you are so annoying, then you should be proud of yourself because she will thank you later for always getting her on the right track.

In my experience, I still hear my grandmother’s and my mother’s voice telling me what I should do to succeed in life. And I think that they were one of the reasons why I chose the life I live now. So, I guess, I should say ‘thank you’ for all their nagging that I turned out to be the person I am today.

What do you think? Do nagging mothers really succeed in shaping their children’s lives and influencing them to make better decisions? Share with us in the comment section below.

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Mary Wright