Nagging Moms Raise More Successful Daughters


It’s time to call mom and let her bask in a bit of “I told you so!” glory.

New research out of the U.K. says that being a nagging parent and setting high standards for your daughter is the best way to prepare her for success in life. Adolescent girls with pushy parents–who, it was found, were most often the girls’ mothers–are less likely to become pregnant or suffer the setbacks in life associated with being a teenage mom (such as chronic health problems and low earning potential), experts found.

The study, from the University of Essex, involved gathering data from schoolgirls aged 13 to 14 from a database of 15,500 students.

Next time your daughter complains that you’re on her case, you can both take comfort in the fact that you may also be helping out her future career: The study also found that girls with pestering parents are more likely to attend college and go on to earn better wages.

The message is clear, moms: Go ahead, nag away!


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