Do you hear me? Have you done your homework? Don’t forget to do your laundry. Why is your bag in the middle of the room? Clean your dishes. You are grounded! Worry about your future. Are you listening to what I am saying? You must be home by 7 pm. Did you finish your tutoring homework? Wash your face. Did you brush your teeth? And when will you clean your room?
If you’re one of those moms who ask their daughter these rhetorical questions every day, then you are certainly headed in the right direction. Don’t discontinue what you are doing and nag them until they finally understand what it is you’re doing. Some of the recent studies have proven that nagging moms are more likely to raise successful daughters.
Ericka Rascon-Ramirez, a researcher at the University of Essex, conducted a study that showed that “behind every successful woman is a nagging mom.” This research focused on the lives of 15,000 school girls aged 13 and 14 from 2004 to 2010. With the help of a media briefing, Ramirez found that “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.”
The mothers who expected more of their daughters pushed them to make better life choices. Mail Online reported the research showed how nagging parents were able to reduce a teenager’s chance of becoming pregnant by 4 percent compared to the parents with ‘middling aspirations.’ The daughters of these parents showed a higher chance of attending a university, having a successful career and earning better wages!
Researcher Rascon-Ramirez described, “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.”
So hats off to all the “annoying” moms. Keep doing what you are doing. All that nagging won’t go in vain!
Your teen daughter may not approve of what you’re doing, and may even think you are just trying to “annoy” them. Sure they can’t find a good reason behind your nagging due to their complicated teenage mind. But it is you who should understand that you shouldn’t stop nagging if you want them to develop life habits, which will help them deal with the real world. Only after they mature, will they realize that their nagging mother was always right!
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