This Is The Age All Women Will Turn Into Their Mothers
We now know the exact age that women will transform into their dear old mums, thanks to a new study.
UK plastic surgeon Dr Julian De Silva surveyed 2,000 women and men to find out when we start becoming our parents
For women, that's around 33 years old, and it has a lot to do with having kids.
Currently, the average age of first-time mothers in the UK is 30 years old -- it's 29 in Australia -- and over half of the women involved in the study admitted that they stopped rebelling against their mothers and started acting more like them in their early thirties.
That means that women (supposedly) turn into their mums at about 33 years of age.
Tell-tale signs that women are twinning with their mothers include enjoying the same TV shows, taking up the same hobbies -- hello, gardening -- and using the same sayings.
Men, on the other hand, begin turning into their dads at 34 -- about a year after becoming first-time fathers themselves. That's when they start turning off light switches in empty rooms, switching over to the oldies radio station and sharing the same political views as their pop.
"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," Dr De Silva said.
While becoming parents ourselves is the main trigger behind our transformation into our mum and dad there's also another strong sign -- when we start looking like them.
For women that means noticing the first physical signs of middle age -- crows feet, forehead lines, grey hairs and less-than-plump lips. For gents, it's the old double chin.
Even though this is an inevitable part of ageing, explained Dr De Silva, it's a process lots of people want to put off for as long as possible -- hence why he's noticed a drop in the average age of first-time cosmetic surgery for both men and women.
Hello, mother, hello father!
Despite Dr De Silva's encouragement, many of us are slightly terrified about turning into our parents, right?
A lot of the apprehension comes down to the generational gap between us and our oldies, says Lysn psychologist Noosha Anzab.
The parent-child relationship is defined by the age difference between the two and as we grow up we often see our mum and dad as being daggy, out of touch and, well ... old.
But there are some good things about our inevitable conversion into mum and dad 2.0.
"Even though we think our parents are out of touch, it's likely that our parents have some incredibly wonderful characteristics that we could really benefit from -- particularly as parents ourselves," Anzab told 10 daily.
With age often comes wisdom and knowledge -- you might not like your parent's taste in music, how they dress or even how they do particular things but it's likely that they have some pretty well-rounded morals and values.
"Having similarities also means that you can have a better understanding of how your parents operate on a personal level and are also able to relate to them more easily," she said.
There are ways to embrace 'the change' according to Anzab.
"Remind yourself about the generational gap and remember that it's likely your own children will think of you the same way!"
If you find yourself cringing at the thought of turning into your parents, remember that because you’re close to them, it's likely that you see them very differently to an outsider.
"Yes, they could also have some 'daggy' habits or interests, but that doesn’t mean you have to like all the same things! Run with their positive traits and characteristics that you are proud of having inherited," Anzab said.
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