33 Signs You've Turned Into Your Parents

33 Signs You've Turned Into Your Parents

They didn't just give you your DNA; they gave you all their weird habits, too.

You've probably spent the past 20-some years of your life swearing that you'd never be like your parents. Then, you got to college and started living on your own, and reality set in. That's when you realized that you're exactly like your parents. If you don't believe me, read on and see exactly how many of these scenarios you can relate to.

1. When friends stop by, the first words out of your mouth are, "Can I get you something to drink?"

2. You keep a bag of other plastic bags in the kitchen.

3. You ask your friends to take off their shoes when they come inside.

4. You always have a first aid kit on hand, or at least some Bandaids.

5. You have actual folders for important stuff, like taxes and bank statements. Yeah, they might be stuffed in a drawer somewhere, but you still have them.

6. You enjoy the home goods and decorating departments more than any other department.

7. You have a loyalty card to your favorite stores.

8. You bother and hassle any guy who leaves your toilet seat up.

9. Your favorite line is, "Because I said so."

10. You've clipped coupons before.

11. You text your roommates asking where they are and when they'll be home.

12. You read the news before opening any social media sites.

13. You're ready for bed by 9 p.m., even though you still have three hours of homework.

14. You have a roth IRA.

15. You don't mind watching "Wheel of Fortune."

16. You start a lot of sentences with, "Back in the good old days..."

17. You enjoy yelling at other drivers. The road rage is real.

18. You take a daily multivitamin every morning. Religiously.

19. You laugh at your own jokes.

20. You get stressed and genuinely worried when you see someone not dressed appropriately for the weather. You keep thinking about them for the rest of the day, hoping they survived without a jacket.

21. You're a pro at guilt-tripping your friends into going to the most boring places.

22. Sometimes you feel like you have the body of an 80-year-old.

23. You blame the younger generation for anything that goes wrong.

24. Your work emails are sent to your phone, and you spend more time responding to those than texting your real friends.

25. You're actually productive on the weekend.

26. You buy organic fruits and veggies, even though they cost way more than chemically infused fruits and veggies.

27. You hate crowds.

28. You don't mind picking up a National Geographic in the waiting room. In fact, you secretly enjoy it.

29. You're on a first-name basis with your pharmacist.

30. You enjoy folding clothes and doing laundry.

31. You've asked yourself the question, "how many more years until I can retire?"

32. You're a pro at making lists. Grocery lists, to-do lists, you name it.

33. Brunch is your favorite meal.

If any of these sound familiar, congratulations! You've turned into your parents.

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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My Eating Disorder Was A Secret, Even From Me

No one ever talks about it, and if they had my life might be different.


I remember ninth grade health class very well, specifically one day in particular. The day we talked about eating disorders, I was ready to hear about anorexia and bulimia. I was not ready to walk out of that classroom with confirmation that I had an eating disorder, but that is exactly what I did that day.

After speaking on anorexia and bulimia, my teacher told us about Binge Eating Disorder.

My 14-year-old ears perked up. I had never heard of this disease, but I was immediately interested. I knew anorexia and bulimia well, they were the diseases that, at the time, I wish I had the determination to try, but I was too scared to hurt my body.

Binge Eating Disorder was new to me. My teacher described it as continuing to eat after you were full and eating for hours at a time. As the signs and symptoms continued to be read, I realized... that the last three years of my life had been plagued by binges. There was a lot I couldn't control in my life, but eating was one thing that I always had control over. It was the one thing that always brought me comfort.

Most binges would start after I came home from a hard day at school, or maybe after I got in a fight with a family member. Maybe I felt insecure about the growing number on the scale, but I ate.

It always started with half a bag of chips, then maybe a cookie or other sweet treat, and then I would finish with something else I could find in the pantry. My mother would come home and begin making dinner.

Ashamed, I would hide the food anywhere so my family could not tell I had been eating and then I would go eat dinner.

This was a common occurrence for me, but I had no idea that my habits were wrong or should point to an eating disorder. The only thing that I knew was wrong with me, was that I was gaining weight.

For the longest time, I thought an eating disorder was something that helped you lose weight unhealthily, not gain weight. It wasn't until I sat in a health class that I realized that there was anything wrong with me.

Education is so important in overcoming eating disorders. We are making such great strides about informing people about the dangers of eating disorders and positive body image.

It is so important that we start making Binge Eating Disorder a topic that is as known as anorexia and bulimia. No one ever discusses Binge Eating Disorder, not even the dangers of it, maybe if they had my life might have been different.

Maybe I would have found out about it earlier and could have gotten help before it got out of hand.

I wish I could say that I left that health class that day and never had a binge again. The truth is I binged several times after that, and still to this day I have an episode, although they are very rare.

It would be unrealistic to tell you that I overcame my eating disorder that day because it is a journey I am still completing. Every day presents a new challenge, and sometimes I fail, but I will succeed, and succeeding is worth a few failures.

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