This is apparently the age when you officially turn into your mother

It's an age old adage that eventually, we all find ourselves turning into our parents.

Whether we find ourselves echoing our mum's opinions, dressing similarly to their normal style, or recognising yourself saying something you'd normally hear them say, it's a safe bet that it'll happen to all of us at some point.

But apparently, an actual age has been specified by researchers at Harley Street, as the one we can officially expect to turn into our mums.

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According to them, it is at the age of 33 that we turn into our mothers, with the study reporting that we begin to watch similar programmes and even use identical facial expressions by then. And, it's the age at which we may start to take up similar hobbies too.

52% of the study's participants said they reckoned they'd 'turned into' their mothers between the ages of 30 and 35.

However, it seems that this isn't the case for everyone.

Of the 2000 people asked, 26% said they didn't notice the change until their late 30s, while a much smaller 7% said it wasn't until they were over the age of 50.

And a further 5% said they noticed the transformation happening much earlier, in their 20s.

For men, it is a bit later, at 34, that they found themselves turning into their fathers, with many confessing that they felt it most when they became fathers themselves.

Dr Julian De Silva, who conducted the research, shared his opinion that it is a great privilege to find yourselves turning into your parents.

He said, ‘We all turn into our parents at some point in our lives – and that is something to be celebrated. They are the most wonderful people in the world.’

"Becoming parents is the main trigger and lifestyle factors are also important."

When did you notice yourself turning into your parents? Or are you still very different?

Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist, currently working as Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on other women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. 


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