Poll: We become our parents by 32
Plus, a few signs that you've turned into mom or dad.
We all have that awkward moment when we realize we've become our parents. According to a new poll, most of us experience that moment at 32.
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U.K. parenting site Netmums surveyed more than 1,000 moms and dads and found that the majority of them identified 32 as the age that they turned into their own parents. Homeownership and having children were cited as factors leading to the transformation.
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Have you ever told your kids, "Because I said so," and cringed a little? Women in the poll said hearing themselves say this phrase made them realize they had turned into their mother. For men, a telltale sign they had become their father was dancing poorly at family functions.
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Below are a few more signs that you've become your parents, according to the poll. Have another sign? Tell us in the comments.
- Thinking 6 a.m. is a time for getting up, not getting in.
- Finding yourself saying, “Turn that racket down” or, “You’re not going out dressed like that."
- Leaving Facebook because you're jealous of your childless friends' posts.
- Buying coasters.
- Listening to AM radio.
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The various responses to this poll are funny and strange. Some of it is spot on, and other parts are off a tad! I think I've become "like" my mom in a lot of ways. But I think I evaluated a few areas of being raised by my parents and made a conscious effort to do certain thing differently... and I did.
However, the first time you hear yourself saying "Because I'm your mother and I said so!" comes as a jolt! After that you begin to hear yourself parroting a bunch of things your mom said to you. And, yes... it makes you feel like you have turned into your mom. It also makes you feel that your mom did a pretty good job after all.
I am now wondering if the time will come when I will hear my daughter repeat some of my very own directives, such as: "I will trust you until you give me a reason not to; or, you're not everybody, you are Somebody!" I know I have heard her say some things that my mom said to her.
One thing mom use to say to her: "Missy, you must behave properly!" And my daughter would put one hand on her hip and shake her finger at my mom and say... "Properly, properly, properly"!
I think my parents did a good job. Times change and methods change. Today's parents have to deal with things that our parents hadn't even heard of yet. So, for those who seem to relish the idea that they are "nothing like their parents", well... maybe that's what your problem is today.
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