If we go back and remember our childhoods, we will find that most of the time, 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.
Presented at the conference of the Royal Economic Society, researchers found that children who were raised by parents who constantly nagged them about getting a college degree were less likely to become unemployed or turn into teenage mothers.
The study, from the University of Essex, involved gathering data from schoolgirls aged 13 to 14 from a database of 15,500 students. It showed that a parent’s high expectations could reduce their teenager’s chances of becoming pregnant by 4% compared to those with only “middling aspirations.”
“What parents expected about school choices was, very likely, a major determinant of decision making with regard to conceiving a child or not during our teenage years,” added Rascon-Ramirez, the head researcher.
It also revealed that mothers appeared to be the “main parent” who nagged their children the most.
“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,” said the study.
First and foremost, nag on Mom, nag on!
Secondly, we need to always be conscious that our words and what we try to instill in our children will always be inside of them, however much of a rebel they are.
And thirdly, with the likes of Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel (German Chancellor), women are taking a much more powerful position in our future society. We need to continue to instill the greatness that lies in all of our daughters for them to reach their utmost potential.
May 5, 2015. “Girls With Nagging Moms Grow Up to Be More Successful”. yahoo.com
March 31, 2015. “Behind every successful woman is a nagging mom? Teenage girls more likely to succeed if they have pushy mothers”. dailymail.co.uk