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Ah “Mom behavior.” It’s endearing, it’s the butt of a lot of jokes, it’s the inspiration for many anti-fashion blogs and plenty of Instagram pages. Moms are hilarious! And yet, we all swear that we’ll never wind up like our moms. This is particularly true when we’re in our twenties and try to take vacations with our mothers. It seems like every decision highlights our major differences from our mamas at the time, and spurs that, “Ugh. I’ll never be like that” comment. But maybe there’s a reason mom behavior seems to be pretty consistent across all, well, moms. There must be something about getting older, being a woman, and having children—that magical trio of events—that brings out new behaviors, preferences, and opinions. Be careful about being too critical of your mother because you may understand her too well for your comfort one day. Here are ways we all say we won’t end up like our moms, but do anyways.

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Needing specific meal times

Low blood sugar is a real issue! It’s not an issue that seems to plague us in our twenties, but by the time we hit our thirties or forties we kind of get it—it’s important to have set meal times, each day. And if people try to make plans that interfere with those meal times, we get a little antsy.

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