At some point in our lives, we’ve sworn that we’d never be what our parents were to us.
But it turns out that nature has a peculiar sense of humor because that situation is not something that can really be avoided.
According to new research, when women turn 33 that’s when they officially start turning into their own mothers, just expressing those same annoying habits that they promised they would never do to their own kids.
And having kids seems to be the trigger point. A Harley Street surgeon conducted the new study and found that daughters start picking up the same mannerisms and attitudes as their mothers within the first few years of giving birth to their first baby.
Given that the average age for women giving birth in the UK is 30.05 years, it makes sense that women starting morphing into their own mothers at 33. Incidentally, the average age for new fathers in the UK is 33.5 years.
More than half the women who were surveyed in the study admitted that they started acting like their mothers would once they reached their early thirties. It certainly must have given a few of them pause when thinking about all the times they rebelled during their earlier years.
Some of the “warning signs” include simple stuff like watching the same TV programs to taking up the exact same hobbies or using the same sayings.
Men aren’t off the hook either because they also start turning into their fathers at roughly the same age. Hints of that could include adopting the same political views or developing a taste for the same type of music.
Surgeon Dr. Julian De Silva interviewed more than 2,000 men and women to study how we gradually morph into our parents.
He explained, “We all turn into our parents at some point in our lives – and that is something to be celebrated. Becoming parents is the main trigger, and lifestyle factors are also important.”
His research also revealed that as we age, we also start to look like and feel like our parents as well and this only gets more pronounced as we age.
“It is an inevitable part of aging but a process lots of people want to put off for as long as possible,” Dr. De Silva added.
“It is one of the reasons why the average age of first-time cosmetic surgery is coming down for both the sexes too.”
So be careful when you rag about your parents and their tastes. Chances are, you’ll find yourself in the same boat, too!
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