Was your mother strict with you when you were a child? I know my was – she bossed me around and yelled at me for not tidying up my room and not doing my homework on time as a child.
While I was in college, she was constantly nagging me about my future choices. I won’t lie – it was a living hell sometimes. However, according to a recent scientific study, the strict tactics pay off later in life. The study discovered that strict mothers have more successful children, so you may want to thank your mom for the way she raised you, no matter how hard it was.
Erica Rascon is a professor from the University of Essex that conducted an interesting study to see if being strict with your children has any kind of influence on their life. The study revealed that demanding and strict mothers have more successful children, and that successful people have had highly demanding mothers. The study analyzed surveys of more than 15 000 children aged 13-14 between 2004-2010, and according to Rascon, “the measure of the expectations in this study reflects a combination of aspirations and beliefs about the likelihood of access to higher education declared by the majority of parents, in most cases the mother.”
This means that strict mothers make their children more confident and secure. The study found that girls with strict mothers have a 4% lower chance of premature pregnancy, and they also have higher chances of succeeding in life. It may sound strange, but demanding mothers are actually making you a favor. “In many cases, we have success doing what they believe to be most convenient for us, even against our parents. But no matter how much we want to avoid our parents, any recommendations form influence, albeit subtly in the decisions we make, but we believe that they are extremely personal”, Rascon says.
Some children consider their mothers their worst enemy when growing up, but although your life can be a living hell sometimes, it will pay off later, and you can thank your mother for it.