Sure, we’ve all temporarily ignored Mom’s sage wisdom, but, in our experience, it usually comes around to bite us in the butt.
Because kids tend to have a healthy respect for their mother’s authority, her advice and wishes are likely to bear a lot of weight, even if we don’t realize that we’re taking them into consideration.
As Ericka Rascon-Ramirez, the lead researcher on the study, puts it, “In many cases 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.”
In fact, parents, especially moms, had a big impact on whether or not their daughters made stumbles or missteps during their teen years.
In particular, the study found that the daughters of parents with high expectations were about 4%less likely to become pregnant as teenagers.
They also found that girls whohad less scholarly friend groups were more likely to succeed with pushy parents, while girls with highly academic social circles might not need as much of a push from their folks.
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