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Is It Healthy to Be a Mama's Boy?

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Guys who are too close with their moms have long been teased and ridiculed, while mothers have been blamed for failing to cut the cord.

But new research suggests that these mamas' boys may turn out happier in the end.

According to Time.com, a study by Carlos Santos, professor at Arizona State University's School of Social and Family Dynamic, found that the further along boys got in their adolescence, the more they tended to embrace macho stereotypes. But boys who remained close to their mothers did not act as tough, were more emotionally available and had better mental health throughout middle school.

Sounds like a win win.

Except, ladies, if your man is a mama's boy, you're probably more likely to have to deal with the annoying mama-in-law. And nobody likes that.

Is It Healthy to Be a Mama's Boy?

Read More: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,201...

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  • Shawna 2010/08/27 21:36:05
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    Shawna
    +6
    The term Mama's Boy is derrogative and most people would take it to mean an unhealthily close relationship. There is a difference between a boy who grows up with a close and loving relationship with his mother and an adult male who cannot let go of his mother. A mother who is supportive and loving, who does not try to be anything other than a mother, can raise her boy to be a healthy happy man who loves and respects the other women who are significant in his life. A father plays a huge part in this as well.

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  • Kris P. Kreme 2010/08/29 21:03:12
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    Kris P. Kreme
    It made them rich!

    benefit close moms rich
  • EM1-SS 2010/08/29 20:57:08
    No, men who are mama's boys are pathetic
    EM1-SS
    except Elvis. He was cool.
  • the coolest 2010/08/29 20:34:39
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    the coolest
    +1
    I think it really just depends on how dependent on their mother they are. It is really good for a man to have a close relationship with his mother, but it isn't good for him to be super dependent on her.
  • michelle 2010/08/29 20:29:23
    No, men who are mama's boys are pathetic
    michelle
    they turn out like this mamas boys pathetic turn
  • ♥Isis♥ 2010/08/29 20:23:41
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    ♥Isis♥
    +2
    depends on the relationship...I think Men grown men should love and respect their moms, but put some distance in between them... Never good to be treating a Mom like they are your wife.
    depends relationship grown love respect moms distance treating mom wife
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2010/08/29 20:22:26
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    MOMMA THOMAS
    MY SON AND I ARE CLOSE, BUT HE IS NOT A MAMA'S BOY. HE WAS REBELLIOUS, INDEPENDENT, DITCHED SCHOOL, HAD PROBATION, ETC. WE HAD OUR DIFFERENCES, I TRIED BEING PATIENT.... HE "GREW UP," OUR LOVE SURVIVED. IT WASN'T EASY, ....BUT I KNOW WE CAN ALWAYS DEPEND ON ONE ANOTHER.
  • Fuzzymachineguns 2010/08/29 19:21:02
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    Fuzzymachineguns
    +1
    although you need to know when to become independant.
  • Always.Bored :P 2010/08/29 18:47:02
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    Always.Bored :P
    +3
    Being close with any of the parents is great for any kid. As long as they don't become too attached to their mother and act like a 4 year old around her, being a mama's boy is ok from my point of view :) .
  • LeAnn 2010/08/29 18:44:27
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    LeAnn
    +1
    Men should be thankful if they even have their moms. My boyfriend lost his at FIFTEEN. If anyone think it's pathetic to be clingy, then I think they need to step back and realize what they could be missing out on.
  • sammy2233 2010/08/29 18:25:31 (edited)
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    sammy2233
    +1
    its healthy. as some people dont have a father figure in there lifes they need a parent they connect with easily and gain the unconditional love they can not give to themselves that only a parent can give.
  • Mysticflamezz 2010/08/29 18:21:43
    No, men who are mama's boys are pathetic
    Mysticflamezz
    +1
    Weak is clinging to the one who brought you..
  • sammy2233 Mysticf... 2010/08/29 18:25:02
    sammy2233
    its not. its good to have a healthy relationship with a loved
  • sammy2233 sammy2233 2010/08/29 18:25:10
    sammy2233
    *one
  • Mysticf... sammy2233 2010/08/29 18:26:59
    Mysticflamezz
    +1
    I am on about the mother
  • sammy2233 Mysticf... 2010/08/29 18:28:58
    sammy2233
    +1
    i know... your saying its weak to be a mamas boy...
  • Mysticf... sammy2233 2010/08/29 18:29:44
    Mysticflamezz
    +1
    Exactly..
  • sammy2233 Mysticf... 2010/08/29 18:31:51
    sammy2233
    yes and i was giving the point that it is healthy to be one. your other point saying i was talking about the mother had nothing to do with it and is just there to confuse and aggrovate me! lul
  • Mysticf... sammy2233 2010/08/29 18:33:10
  • sammy2233 Mysticf... 2010/08/29 18:36:37
    sammy2233
    +1
    hahaha lol. GET USED TO IT!
  • Mysticf... sammy2233 2010/08/29 18:37:42
    Mysticflamezz
    NO YOU GET USED TO IT BITCH!!
  • sammy2233 Mysticf... 2010/08/29 18:38:24
    sammy2233
    +1
    NEIN!!!! DU BIST HOMOSEXUALA!!!
  • Mysticf... sammy2233 2010/08/29 18:40:09
    Mysticflamezz
    +1
    ii Anata wa baka Sou antso tsu Frukeher
  • sammy2233 Mysticf... 2010/08/29 18:42:09
    sammy2233
    +1
    shut up.... desole
  • Mysticf... sammy2233 2010/08/29 18:43:37
  • sammy2233 Mysticf... 2010/08/29 18:45:14
    sammy2233
    hahaha wtfail???
  • Mysticf... sammy2233 2010/08/29 18:46:47
    Mysticflamezz
    +1
    See i told you he was a transformer!!
    told transformer
  • sammy2233 Mysticf... 2010/08/29 18:48:17
    sammy2233
    +1
    lool. =DDDD
  • Mysticf... sammy2233 2010/08/29 18:50:17
    Mysticflamezz
    PUBLIC VIOLATION! public violation
  • sayuri 2010/08/29 18:14:20
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    sayuri
    +1
    Mama's boys are adorable ^^.
  • fairiefang -annoying fashio... 2010/08/29 17:55:28
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    fairiefang -annoying fashion snobs everywhere-
    +1
    Is it healthy for a girl to be a daddy's girl?
  • Maria 2010/08/29 17:51:10
    No, men who are mama's boys are pathetic
    Maria
    +1
    Momma boy is still not good at all because hurts others brothers and sisters...
    and surely momma boy take advantage while mother passing away and give huge amount to that momma boy and while others gets not much as momma boy.
    concept of John Wayne, He tried everything to get close with his mother and it end up not work and his mother loves Bobby that her favorite child. see what I mean it not good when momma boy get ego out of the family. momma will do anything what momma boy wants. how sad what about other siblings? huh????????? no it not healthy for all family period. momma boy destroy their siblings mentally and not get enough love from mother. healthy family period momma boy destroy siblings mentally love mother
  • METALheadMom 2010/08/29 17:41:45
    No, men who are mama's boys are pathetic
    METALheadMom
    If you have ever tried to LIVE with one, you would KNOW how childish and immature they are. BUT, I blame MOM most of all for doing that.
  • grok70 2010/08/29 17:40:20
    No, men who are mama's boys are pathetic
    grok70
    It is one thing to love your mother and maintain an emotionally available relationship. It is another to have her come over and do your laundry and clean your apartment in your 20's
  • The Govenor 2010/08/29 17:28:39
  • saturdayschild 2010/08/29 17:19:16
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    saturdayschild
    Men also benefit by being close to their dads. Fatherhood is as important as motherhood, but fatherhood has been given short shrift.
  • Fingon Celebrindal 2010/08/29 17:00:44 (edited)
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    Fingon Celebrindal
    +1
    Most women hate their guy's mom for the simple reason that moms are far better at sniffing out bad women than their horny sons. The same holds for the guy's sisters.
  • cookie monster 2010/08/29 16:59:42
    Yes, men benefit from being close with their moms
    cookie monster
    i don't think it really matters.
    my friend is a mommy's boy but he's not sensitive to anyone except him mom.
    my other friend didn't grow up with a dad, and he's sensitive.
    i think it counts on the person and their personality.
  • LouOlson 2010/08/29 16:23:57
    No, men who are mama's boys are pathetic
    LouOlson
    no not at all. it's some times healthy to be close to your mom but not a mamas boy
  • ~*Bryn*~ aka AmerikusMonsoon 2010/08/29 14:47:16
    No, men who are mama's boys are pathetic
    ~*Bryn*~ aka AmerikusMonsoon
    Ha.
    I have a friend who is SO depended on his mother, he doesn't know how to pay his own bills, shop, clean and has to ask her to help move him and his new wife into a bigger apt instead of getting off his lazy ass to get a job. Neither him NOR his wife will get a job.
  • cookie ... ~*Bryn*... 2010/08/29 17:00:38
    cookie monster
    +2
    that's not a "momma's boy" that's a mooch.

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