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Just when you thought you might be pushing your daughter a little too hard, turns out you were doing her a favor.
A study out of the University of Essex in England researched the habits and lives of 15,500 teenage girls who were 13 and 14 years old and found that those who had parents, particularly mothers, with high expectations tended to avoid teenage pregnancy more often and have higher educational goals.
They were also less likely to be unemployed.
Not only that, but the teen girls with nagging parents were more likely to go to college and earn more money.
"The measure of expectations in this study reflects a combination of aspirations and beliefs about the likelihood of attending higher education reported by the main parent, who, in the majority of cases, is the mother," the study reports.
The study also showed that having a pushy mom was particularly effective among the least academic teen girls, who often do not receive as much attention in school as their more academically minded peers.
"[N]o 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," Ericka Rascon-Ramirez, one of the study's researchers, tells the Daily Mail.
Decisions as personal as teen pregnancy, it turns out. The research found that more pushy moms with higher expectations helped reduce the number of teen pregnancies among the girls by 4 percent, compared with other parents who had lower expectations of their children.
Teen pregnancy is an especially relevant topic in England, where the research is based, because the country ranks among the highest in Europe for adolescent pregnancies.
And among teen moms, the report shows that these young women are more likely to drop out of school and earn less when they do get jobs. Not only that, but they are also more likely to get into relationships with "poorly educated and unemployment-prone men."