Top 20 signs you're turning into your parents

Nodding off on the sofa could be a sign you are turning into your mum. (Getty Creative)
Nodding off on the sofa could be a sign you are turning into your mum. (Getty Creative)

Nodding off on the sofa or repeating the same old jokes? Then you could be turning into your parents.

Research has revealed have the top 20 signs you are turning into your mum or dad and saving old boxes and bags ‘just in case’ is one of them.

A poll of 2,000 adults found half believe they are morphing into their own mum or dad, which happens on average at 32-and-a-half years of age.

Other signs include the realisation you now dress for comfort instead of style and relying on your kids for tech support.

Getting help with tech from the kids could be a sign you are turning into your parents. (Getty Creative)
Getting help with tech from the kids could be a sign you are turning into your parents. (Getty Creative)

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While almost one in four (24 per cent) were met with the dawning realisation that during arguments in their own younger years, their parents were actually right all along.

Louise Care, for research agency OnePoll which carried out the study, said: “We learn how to be parents from our own parents – who else?

“So, it’s no surprise to find many adults consider themselves mini-versions of their own mums and dads, at some point down the line.

“It’s interesting that many of the signs that you’re becoming a parent are very personal things – that all parents seem to do.”

The study also found just under a quarter (23 per cent) of adults polled find themselves using the same phrases as their parents, including “You’re not going out dressed like that!”

But women are slightly more likely to report transforming into their parent than men – 50 per cent compared to 47 per cent.

And 84 per cent believe it was only after having kids of their own, that they realised how much their behaviour had started to mirror their own mum or dad.

Spotting your first grey hair could be sign you are turning into your parents. (Getty Creative)
Spotting your first grey hair could be sign you are turning into your parents. (Getty Creative)

Of the respondents with children, two-thirds have been mocked and had their mannerisms imitated by their offspring.

And for those with children who have reached adulthood, nearly one in three (31 per cent) believe they’ve noticed their kids starting to turn into them – the same way they had with their own parents.

Louise Care, from OnePoll, added: “The circle of life goes on and attributes, mannerisms are passed down through generations.

“So, something funny your mum or dad did – that you find yourself doing today – may have been joked about by family members hundreds of years ago.

“It’s strange to think about, but may explain why so many want to pass down positive attributes to their kids.”

Parents say they see their own kids turning into them, just as they did with their parents. (Getty Creative)
Parents say they see their own kids turning into them, just as they did with their parents. (Getty Creative)

Top 20 signs you're turning into one of your parents

1. You dress for comfort, not fashion

2. You start to realise that most of the time, your parents were right all along

3. You think all modern music is terrible

4. Falling asleep on the sofa

5. You use the same phrases like: “You’re not going out like that”

6. You save all old boxes, tins and bags “just in case”

7. You tell your kids off in the same way

8. You rely on your kids for tech support.

9. You get obsessed with weather reports

10. You’re constantly nagging

11. When you got your first grey hairs

12. You pick the same arguments they did

13. You get past the age they were, when they had you

14. Telling the same jokes again and again

15. You tell your kids off by using their full name

16. Regularly using the phrase “Go ask your mum/dad”

17. When you leave the bathroom in the morning, you realise it now has ‘a smell’ you recognise from your own childhood

18. Your kids mock your fashion sense

19. You have the same driving habits

20. You look in the mirror one day and realise you look like them

Additional reporting by SWNS.

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