A scientific study seems to have had a breakthrough on how to raise successful daughters. During the course of the study, which was conducted by the University of Essex, it was found that teenage girls, whose mother nagged them on their behavior and studies were found to be more successful later in life when compared to their contemporaries.
Now it might seem like medieval advice to be strict with your children and it definitely makes your daughter resent you somewhat. But through a tough exterior from mothers might cause rifts in the short term, it really is beneficial for both the mother and the daughter in the long term.
For the study, they observed more than 15,000 girls over a period of 6 years. When they started with the study, most of them were either 13 or 14 years of age.
Though it might not seem like a good idea, nagging actually helps to keep children on track. Especially in the lack of good teachers or friends who young girls can idolize. Strict parents are the only thing in the way of them losing track of their academics and career and get into substance abuse, and also teen pregnancies.
One thing that was pretty clear from the study was that even though daughters who had strict parents had a rebel streak in them, wanting to defy authority, they did eventually end up doing what their parents wanted.
Parents who have high expectations of their wards help them remain focused on higher education and hence avoid distractions. When you have strict parents, you never think of higher education as an option, you know you have to do it; so better do it well.