Having said that, science has actually concluded that girls whose mothers nag them during childhood actually end up being more successful in life. Researcher Erika Rascon-Ramirez from the University of Essex conducted a study that ultimately proved, “Behind every successful woman, is a nagging mom”. She did a study on 15,000 school girls aged 13-14 from 2004 to 2010 and what she found was astonishing.

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“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,” she said. In this way, she found that girls whose mothers pushed and encouraged them to do more, ended up making better life decisions. It was also proved that nagging mothers decreased the likelihood of teenage pregnancy by up to 4%, raised daughters that were more prone to earn better salaries, build a successful career and attending university.

“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,” explained researcher Rascon-Ramirez.

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So if you’re a mother who constantly nags on her young or teenage daughter, don’t stop now—you’re doing your her a huge solid. To those daughters who are or were annoyed at their mothers for nagging, eventually you’ll see the method in her madness. It’s also safe to say that mom’s know best!

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