Do you know someone who is a “mama’s boy”? Perhaps you have one of your very own. While this term may seem derogatory it may actually mean good things down the road for the child. A new study has shown that men who are considered to have been “mama’s boy” earn far more money ($80k more per year).
The Grant Study, which was conducted through Harvard University, looked at personality changes through the years between individuals. What they found was that men who’s relationships with their mothers were close performed better at work and school, and also earned more money as a result. They also managed to keep Alzheimer’s and dementia in control as the men grew older.
There is still research to be done along with this study but it appears that those who had a close relationship with their mothers at a young age were happier with their lives as well. They could not however find any link between a son and a father being as close as the son was with the mother and how they develop as they grow older. One great thing about sons having a close relationship with their fathers is that they grow up to be more satisfied with their lives. They also tend to have less anxiety in their lives.
Now this study is not to say that those who are identified as “mama’s boys” are necessarily going to make more money or have a more satisfying life overall. The study’s results are interesting even if they may not be a definitive result yet but perhaps someday we will have more knowledge about how the relationship between a mother and her son affects him later in life.