All those rebellious teenage years go to waste as soon as someone starts calling you mum.
It’s only when you have your own kids that you really start to understand that yes, your mother was right.
It takes ages to leave the house
This is due mainly to the fact that you can’t find your keys or wallet or your darling baby kindly dirtied their nappy and it has gone everywhere – literally.
Bad manners are on your radar
Before you had kids, elbows on the table were the norm. Now things have changed and, just like your own mum, you despise bad manners – what would the neighbours think?
You are concerned about society
You hear your mum’s voice as you worry about how much teenagers are drinking these days. What is wrong with society?
Discounts are your friend
Remember the days you would sigh as your mum cut coupons out of the paper and embarrassingly used them in the shop? Well, now you do it and it is your child sniggering at you.
You keep everything
You know you have turned into your mum when you find yourself cleaning out empty jars and butter containers so the kids can store things in them. The things you do for your children.
Remember when your mum used to only eat half a bar and share the rest with you? Now you do it with your own kids.
You are concerned about the weather
Checking the weather forecast has become a daily ritual.
Fear of coughs and colds
You probably always wondered why your mum fretted so much about catching a cold, but now you understand – if the kids get sick you have to mind them.
Dressing for all weathers
You find yourself popping a hat and scarf into your child’s bag just in case it gets cold.
As soon as it’s summer you don’t go anywhere without a bottle of suncream for the kids.
You always choose the biggest handbag in the shop
Sure you’ll have to carrying so you may as well go for the biggest one.
Your bag is overflowing
Your handbag is overflowing with toys, snacks, soothers and a dirty tissue or two.
You notice everything
You know you have turned into your mum when you start to notice when someone leaves their cup on the counter, right beside the dishwasher.
Today’s music annoys you and you find yourself longing for the old days when music was good.