We've all heard the theory that we turn into our parents sooner or later - but how true is it?
New research by a Harley Street surgeon suggests that women start to become more like their mothers in the first few years after having a child.
Currently, the average age of a woman in the UK giving birth to her first child is 30 years old, and those involved in the study admitted that they stopped rebelling against their mothers and started acting more like them in their early thirties - meaning that we (supposedly) turn into our mothers at around 33 years old.
So what sorts of behaviours do we start to emulate at this point in our lives? Apparently, we start enjoying the same TV shows and hobbies, and we begin using the same sayings.
Men on the other hand become first-time fathers, on average, at 33.5 years old, and signs that they're turning into their dads include turning off light switches in empty rooms, swapping Radio 1 for Radio 2 and sharing the same political views.
Dr Julian De Silva, the Harley Street surgeon behind the research, surveyed 2,000 women and men to find out when we start becoming our parents.
He explained: 'We all turn into our parents at some point in our lives - and that is something to be celebrated. Becoming parents is the main trigger and lifestyle factors are also important.'
Dr De Silva also theorised that we start acting more like our parents when we start looking more like them.
'It is an inevitable part of ageing but a process lots of people want to put off for as long as possible,' he said.
'It is one of the reasons why the average age of first-time cosmetic surgery is coming down for both sexes.'
The poll showed that 52% of participants said they began behaving like their mothers between 30 and 35 years old, 26% believe it happened between 35 to 40 years old, with 10% claiming it didn't happen until 40 to 50.
We'd say we're already there, tbh.
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