As it turns out, the secret to raising good children headed for success is apparently nagging, especially when it comes to daughters.
A study conducted in Great Britain found that mothers who hound their daughters produced more successful women. So does it really work?
According to Westchester County mom Alicia Jennings it makes perfect sense.
“We have to be strict with our girls these days,” said Jennings. “We have to instill in them values and give them goals to achieve.”
She says her daughters respect her ways despite not always liking them.
“She makes sure that we do what we have to do and stay on task,” 12-year-old Mia Wilson said.
The nagging parent study was conducted by researchers at the University of Essex, who followed more than 1500 teenage girls for a period of six years.
What they found is that when these teens’ moms expected a lot from them they were “less likely to become pregnant, more likely to attend college, and ultimately earn higher wages once in the workforce.”
Mother of a boy and two girls, leadership coach, and author, Laurie Wolk had this to say:
“These kids were not born knowing how to communicate, manage time or approach a teacher. So we need to be taught that,” she said. “Everytime we set up those reminders we are literally mirroring for them, role modeling how they’re going to do it for themselves in the future.”
The study added that despite the fact that teenage pregnancies in the UK have fallen over the past four years, Britain remains the country with the highest rate of adolescent motherhood in Europe.
It urged officials and politicians to try new ways to tackle teenage pregnancy by “increasing educational choices and expectations.”
The report stated that teenage girls are likely to leave school early and earn less money if they decide to get jobs. In addition, they are highly likely to form relationships with ‘poorly educated and unemployment-prone men’.
Children of teenage moms face a higher chance of developing chronic health problems such as obesity, do poorly at school, become teen mothers themselves and end up low-income earners.
The study’s findings were initially published in 2015, but have gained traction as of late due to social media.
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Source: Daily Mail