It happens to the best of us. You wear something that catches your eye funny in the mirror, you say something to your kids that still echoes in your own ears from childhood, or you start to really, really like getting a good deal.

If you live long enough, you will likely turn into your parents in one way or another, and these 11 poor souls have just realized it’s happening to them.

11. Oh, man, this one is bad.

“When my boyfriend got home from work 30 minutes before dinner and grabbed a snack, and I warned him he was going to spoil his appetite.”


10. Yes, there is a right way.

“I realized I turned into my mother when I told my fiancé he was folding the laundry wrong.”


9. It’s all downhill from there.

“When I was a kid and I’d yell in the mornings, my mom would say, ‘Do you want to wake up the whole neighborhood?!’

Fast-forward to me as a teenager, babysitting a kid who was screaming at 8 a.m., and I said, ‘Do you want to wake up the whole neighborhood?!’

It was scary.”


8. Who wears real shorts anyway?

“The first time I bought linen shorts with an elastic waistband, which I’ve been wearing all the time during quarantine.”


7. They don’t even know where anything is!

“When I started getting angry when other people baked in my kitchen.”


6. Because no one likes to curse in front of their kids?

“Whenever my mom would drop something or stub her toe, she would say, ‘God bless America.’ Now, for some reason, I do it too.”

—Lucille Bluth

5. The worst realization.

“I used to be great at telling stories and jokes and would tease my mom for being bad at both.

Now I occasionally find myself forgetting the middle part of a joke or rambling during stories.

The horror!”


4. Kitchen safety is important.

“I realized I was turning into my dad when I was cooking with some friends, picked up a pot of noodles to drain, and said, ‘Coming through — HOT STUFF!'”


3. Reality shows are their own beast.

“I used to make fun of my mom for watching Dancing With the Stars and The Voice, and here I am, fully invested in finding out who the Kitty is on The Masked Singer.”


2. We don’t even like jam!

“When I started stealing little jam packets for no reason.”


1. That’s one way to remember her.

“I haven’t actually turned into my mother — I’ve turned into my GRANDMOTHER.

I always have snacks on hand, which I keep in plastic bags that I reuse until there are actual holes in them.”


I’m afraid to look too closely in the mirror, y’all.

What was your aha! moment in this regard? go ahead and confess it to us in the comments!