Top signs you’re about to become a parent – including dozing off on the sofa

Half of adults believe they are transforming into their own mom or dad – with the average age for this transformation being 32 and a half years

One in four parents has a moment during an argument where they realize their parent was right all along.
One in four parents has a moment during an argument where they realize their parent was right all along.

Researchers have identified the top 20 signs you’re about to become a parent, such as dozing off on the sofa, repeating the same jokes – and saving old boxes and bags, “guard”.

A quirky poll of 2,000 adults found that half believe they’re turning into their own mom or dad – this happens on average by the age of 32 and a half.

Other signs that a person is becoming the person who raised them includes realizing that you now dress for comfort instead of style and relying on your child for technology support.

While nearly a quarter (24 percent) were met with realizing that during arguments during their younger years, their parents were indeed right.

Falling asleep on the sofa is one of the top signs you’re about to become a parent


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

“So it’s not surprising to see many adults see themselves as miniature versions of their own mom and dad, at some point.

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

The study also found that just under a quarter (23 percent) of adults polled found that they use the same phrases as their parents, including “You don’t go out even clothes like that!”

But women are slightly more likely to convert to parents than men – 50% versus 47%.

And 84 percent believe it is only after having children of their own that they realize how much their behavior has begun to reflect their parent’s.

Of those who believe they are headed down that path, nearly two-thirds (63%) don’t mind this fate.

But 42% were actively trying not to be their parents – even if 79%, it was ultimately inevitable.

And many parents find themselves speaking to their children the same way their parents told them


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Another four in ten believe that starting to become a parent makes them feel closer to them – and 84% of those who are bold in their relationships will cement their partner by claiming they are married. become like their mother or father.

Of the respondents who had children, two-thirds were mocked by their descendants and imitated their behavior.

And for those whose children have reached adulthood, nearly a third (31 percent) believe they’ve noticed their children start to morph into them – the same way they did their parents.

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

“So something funny your mom or dad did – which you find yourself doing today – could have been joked about by family members hundreds of years ago.

“It’s weird to think about, but that might explain why so many people want to pass on positive attributes to their children.”


  1. You dress for comfort, not fashion
  2. You start to realize that most of the time, your parents are always right
  3. You think all modern music is terrible
  4. Falling asleep on the sofa
  5. You use the same phrases, such as: “You wouldn’t hang out like that”
  6. You save all the old boxes, tins and bags, “just in case”
  7. You talk to your child the same way
  8. You rely on your child for technology support
  9. Are you obsessed with weather reports?
  10. You are constantly nagging
  11. Do you have your first gray hair?
  12. You choose the arguments just like they did
  13. You’ve passed the age they were when they had you
  14. Tell the same joke
  15. You speak to your child using their full name
  16. Frequently using the phrase “Ask your mom/dad”
  17. When you leave the bathroom in the morning, you realize that it now has the “smell” you recognize from your childhood.
  18. Your child mocks your fashion sense
  19. Do you have the same driving habits?
  20. One day you look in the mirror and realize you look like them

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