The old stereotype that women become more and more like their mothers as they get older seems to be (at least somewhat) true. After all, how could we not be influenced by the women who raised us and who we spent at least 18 years of our lives with day in, day out? According to new research performed by Harley Street Surgeon Dr. Julian De Silva, this change really starts to take place in our 30s.
- Our moms’ influence really comes into effect at 33. De Silva surveyed over 2,000 men and women found that more than half of women admitted that they stopped rebelling against their moms in their early 30s and instead embraced their similarities and started acting more like them.
- It could do with having kids of our own. According to Harper’s Bazaar, the average age of women giving birth to their first child is now 30.5 in the UK, which means that women being moms themselves could impact their transformation into becoming like their mothers. It makes sense, especially given that there are certain things about parenting you simply can’t understand until you’re doing it yourself.
- So what does it mean to become more like our moms? According to De Silva’s research, women reported that they began using the same sayings as their moms, watching the same TV shows, and even practicing the same hobbies once they got into their 30s.
- Men become more like their dads too. De Silva’s survey also discovered that men aren’t exempt from becoming more like their male parents, but this transformation into their dads happens when they’re 34. Again, this could be tied to becoming dads themselves, as this happens when they’re 33.5 on average in the UK.
- Instead of dreading it, we should just embrace it. “We all turn into our parents at some point in our lives – and that is something to be celebrated,” De Silva said. “Becoming parents is the main trigger and lifestyle factors are also important.” If your mom is pretty cool, this is something to look forward to!