People With Nagging Mums Turn Out More Successful, Says Study

Mum knows best, no really, she does. Throughout our formative years, mums typically play the role of primary care-giver/nusiance-purveyor. However, they only hassle you because they love you and, without realising it, will actually make you much more successful.

Recent studies suggest that girls “who had mothers who ‘nagged’ them are more likely to go to college, get better-paying jobs, and avoid teen pregnancy”. Being a mum is a tough job but we suppose it really pays off!


This study comes from the University of Essex (UK representing) that followed 15,000 girls between the ages of 13 and 14 across the years of 2004 and 2010. That’s a lot of untidy rooms, broken curfews and unfinished homework when you think about it.

Their findings suggested that having a parent who has “high expectations” for their child results in “successful” life choices. What’s funny about this is that from the girls’ perspective “high expectations” means “nagging” and for the parents, it means “I do it because I care”.


As HelloGiggles points out, “nagging” isn’t the most constructive term, especially in reference to women caregivers. The “high expectations” and a caregiver holding these girls accountable for their actions leads them to develop a good conscious and make good life decisions.

But that’s not to say you can’t be successful if you get pregnant, don’t go to university and start on a low-paying job – the world is full of opportunities regardless of what your mum was like.

Either way, read this study with a pinch of salt and acknowledge the main takeaway, we should all be really grateful for having amazing parents!