Strict Mothers Raise Successful Children (New Research)

Were your parents strict with you while you were growing up? Did they nag you to do your chores, do your homework, and think about your future? Did you roll your eyes because they were always “getting on your case,” telling you what to do?

If so, count yourself as lucky because according to experts, strict mothers usually have more successful children.

Erica Rascon, a professor from the University of Essex has conducted a study which showed that strict mothers have successful children, and that successful people had highly demanding mothers. The research analyzed surveys of more than 15 000 children aged 13-14 between 2004 and 2010.

Benefits to Children From Mothers with high expectations:

  • More confident and secure.
  • Lower chance of their daughters getting pregnant prematurely.
  • More likely to finish college and get a good job.
  • Just more successful in general.

Other Things Moms with Successful Children Have in Common: 

1. They teach their kids social skills

A 20 year study showed that socially competent children who could cooperate with their peers without prompting, be helpful to others, understand their feelings, and resolve problems on their own, were far more likely to earn a college degree and have a full-time job by age 25 than those with limited social skills.

2. The moms work

According to research out of Harvard Business School, there are significant benefits for children growing up with mothers who work outside the home.