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Study Reveals The Annoying 'Mom Habit' That Makes Daughters More Successful

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Caring for another human is not easy which is why being a mom is one of the toughest jobs in the world.

From the moment their child is born, moms spend the better part of their lives feeding, supporting and nurturing them, but of course it isn't without some speed bumps along the way.

Moms mean well, but as children get older and more independent, it becomes a struggle to keep up with all their demands.

"Did you clean your room? Did you do the dishes? Did you take out the garbage? Why are you wearing that? Why are you always on your phone?"

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Even though it's done out of love, it can be frustrating when someone keeps nagging you about your actions. The fact that you usually have very little say in the matter doesn't help at all.

Well, if it's any consolation all that nagging does indeed pay off in the future, especially when you're female.

A recent University of Essex study observed 15,500 school girls aged 13 and 14 over the course of 10 years and found that girls with pushy mothers tend to be more successful in their adult-lives when compared to those with less pushy moms.

The findings revealed that moms are setting higher standards for their daughters through nagging which increases the chances of going to university, finding employment and leading a successful life.

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It's a no-brainer that parents play a major role in the type of adults we turn out to be, but this study just solidifies this fact.

"In many cases we succeeded in doing what we believed was more convenient for us, even when this was against our parents’ will," said head researcher Ericka Rascon-Ramirez.

"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," she added.

Additionally, the results also revealed that "parents with high expectations can reduce a teenager’s chance of becoming pregnant by four percent compared to parents with 'middling aspirations.'"

"What our parents expected about our school choices was, very likely, a major determinant of our decisions about conceiving a child or not during our teenage years," said Rascon-Ramirez.

It's also a reminder that next time your mom nags you, even if you're no longer a teenager, you should just thank her for it. She deserves that much.  

Do you agree with these findings? Let us know!

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