Should You Raise Your Son to Be a 'Mama's Boy'?
Some studies have shown that being a so-called "mama's boy" could be beneficial. In a column this weekend on CNN.com, author Peggy Drexler points out that LeBron James and Barack Obama have self-identified as "mama's boys" when they were growing up.
Drexler advises moms to raise your son to be a mama's boy.
But there's scientific proof that the close mother-son bond is healthy and beneficial. A 2010 study out of the University of Reading, an analysis of more than 69 studies featuring more than 6,000 children, found that kids, especially boys, who have secure attachments to their mothers tended to have fewer behavioral problems throughout their childhoods.
Later on, they were expected to display fewer signs of aggression and hostility. They were, it stands to reason, more adaptable, more patient. A 2011 study published in the journal Child Development, meanwhile, found that the quality of the mother-son bond directly related to his sense of morality and his likelihood to have healthy romantic relationships, and that conflict was the biggest predictor of delinquency.
And in 2012's "The Mama's Boy Myth," author Kate Lombardi used her relationship with her son as a base from which to explore mother-son closeness, ultimately arguing that despite the pressure many mothers feel to let their sons learn to cope largely on their own, keeping them in a closer relationship ultimately helps boys grow into well-adjusted men.
Men who grew up having close relationships with their mothers, she writes, are less inclined to argue and more inclined to "work it out." They have an easier time in adult relationships.
In the clip above, see what the Outnumbered panel thought, including today's #oneluckyguy, Steve Doocy.