Mom, I Owe You an Apology: Science Confirms Nagging Mothers Raise More Successful Daughters

study shows nagging moms raise more successful daughters
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According to a new study conducted by the University of Essex, young women whose mothers persistently nag them during their adolescence are more likely to succeed later in life. (I'm so sorry I ever doubted you or your methods, Judith.)

The study (which your mother is 100 percent going to bring up over the holidays, just FYI) followed the lives of 15,500 girls between the ages of 13 and 14 over the course of six years. It found that those whose moms nagged them about staying on top of schoolwork, finishing their chores, completing extra credit assignments and any other responsibilities found more success later in life.

The young women with mothers who consistently pushed them were more likely to pursue higher degrees of education, experienced fewer prolonged periods of unemployment and were more likely to end up in higher paying jobs.

So moms, if your teenage daughter is constantly rolling her eyes in your direction and yelling at you to stop nagging her, don't listen. You're doing just fine. And daughters? Maybe cut your mama some slack and give her a call.



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