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The Immutable Influence of Mothers

Here’s an agreeable way to usher in Mother’s Day: A study released by The University of Melbourne’s School of Behavioural Science shows that a significant number of college students consider their mothers to be the single most significant person in their lives. Out of a survey of university freshmen, 40% listed their moms as the most important and influential person they’d ever known, compared with 25% for fathers, 17% for romantic partners, 12% for friends, and 6% for siblings. According to U. Melbourne associate professor Jennifer Boldero:

Dads are important too, but for many generation Y people their mother remains the most important person …

Many parents think that once their children grow up and leave school, they do not have much of an influence.

This survey tells us that mothers are still clearly having an impact on their children well into adulthood.

On that note, Happy Mother’s Day to all the influential moms out there.