If you’re worried about turning into your mom one day, you can relax already because science says it’s going to happen. And now they’re even telling us when it’s going to happen and it’s probably sooner than you think. Despite all your efforts, new research reveals you’re likely to start becoming more like your mom in your early 30s.
According to a new study from the U.K., we all turn into our parents somewhat, so it’s probably going to happen to your partner as well. Dr. Julian De Silvasurveyed more than 2,000 people about when they started to feel and act more like their moms and dads, in terms of starting to read and watch the same media, to just liking the same things and using the same sayings that they rolled their eyes at as kids. And it turns out, more than half (52%) started acting like their moms between 30 and 35 and another 26% made it to between 35 and 40, and a lucky 10% managed to hold out until after 40. And if it makes you feel any better, men start turning into their dads around age 34, too.
As for why we turn into our moms so early, De Silva says a lot of it has to do with becoming a parent. When we start raising our own families, the way we act reflects the way we were raised. So it makes sense it happens around the age we become parents ourselves. And around that time we start saying “because I said so,” we also start looking more like our parents, but that doesn’t mean we have to resort to those holiday-themed sweaters. But just because you find yourself yelling about kids wiping their feet and turning off lights doesn’t mean you have to give in to the mom tendencies. Just say no to that snazzy Easter sweater, friends.