Signs You’re Turning Into Your Dad

If you suspect you’re turning into your dad, you are not alone.

Thousands of men are faced with the hard realization that they’re slowly picking up the same traits, quirks, and receding hairlines as their dear old dads.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done about it; but hopefully this post offers some bit of comfort to help you better understand what you’re going through.

Signs that you’re turning into your dad include:

  • You and your father’s once opposing views on basically everything start slowly shifting to become more aligned with each other, and realizing this freaks you the hell out.
  • You ask your nephew how to use Snapchat or Periscope or whatever newfangled app the kids are using and it hits you: this is a textbook pre-dad symptom. It’s okay, it happens.
  • Dubstep scares you.
  • You use the same idioms, quirky phrases, and slang your pops uses. This goes beyond dad jokes, this is about having family point out “you’re sounding just like dad” when you say things like “always have a plan B, C, and D.”
  • It takes someone tagging you in a photo on Facebook for you to notice just how much hair you’ve lost, and your mom casually mentions “that’s when your father started losing his hair.” This is a tough pill to swallow.
  • The joints that ache him begin to start aching you. You go to Walgreens to get a heating pad and buy the same kind your dad used because if it works for him it must be good. Oh God, see what just happened there? You’re turning into your dad without even noticing it!
  • The fashions begin to converge. You start not-hating cabana shirts, bucket hats, and of course, the fanny pack.
  • You begin developing the early signs of a Costco addiction that your dad also has. You buy that office chair back massager just cuz, and it goes largely unused, just like the one your dad happens to have on his office chair.
  • You’re visiting your parents and the phone rings so you pick up and say hello. It’s a friend of your dad’s and he immediately starts talking to you as if you’re your dad. Then you say, “Actually it’s [your name],” and dad’s friend says “Wow you sound just like your dad.” Yup, early onset dad symptom.
  • You participate in Movember and it’s really fun and all, but the stache look has grown on you, so you keep it into December. You then come home for the holidays and, greeting your similarly mustached dad, realize what’s subconsciously happening. You scurry to the bathroom and shave immediately and, while looking at yourself in the mirror, repeat “You are not turning into dad, you are not turning into dad” over and over again. Classic sign of denial, because friend, you are turning into your dad.
  • You think about the kind of guy your dad is and how, you know what, you’d kinda like to be that too.

These are just a few signs that have been reported, but I encourage you to share any personal experiences you have in this area, as well. Just leave a response in the section below.

Additionally, feel free to share this post with any friends or family members you feel may be turning into their dad, to remind them, it’s all going to be okay. It’s natural, and they’re in good company.

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