15 Signs You’re Finally a Grown-Up

15 Signs You’re Finally a Grown-Up

You might be an adult at age 18, but when are you really a grown-up?


By Wendy Robinson

It was two hours into a meeting at work and my stomach was growling when one of my coworkers brought out a tin of homemade peanut brittle to pass around the table. As it came my way, the smell made my mouth water, which made the fact that I continued to pass it without grabbing a piece all the more sad.

The reason I let that sugary goodness pass? I didn’t want to risk pulling out the temporary crown covering one of my molars. Turning down candy in order to protect my dental work? I knew for sure in that moment that I am really a grown-up now.

While we might officially become adults when we turn 18, most of us don’t really feel like grown-ups until something like this happens:

1. “I got into a big fight with my husband about retirement accounts. We used to fight about much more interesting topics!” -- Lourdes C.

2. “When my biggest birthday wish went from having an exciting night on the town to being allowed to sleep past 7 a.m., I knew I was a grown-up. A very, very tired grown-up.” -- Sue T.

3. “I knew I was a grown-up when I dropped my 2-month-old off at day care and drove away to work. Big time reality check!” -- Heidi B.

4. “Felt grown-up literally just this year -- by 6:15 a.m., I had packed two lunches, fed two kids breakfast, had one on the bus, and one getting on hers in another hour. I walked back from that first bus stop, thinking, ‘I am a grown-up mom right now.’ Then realized I had sock monkey pajama bottoms on with very messy pigtails and rethought the whole thing.” -- Jen D.

5. “My ‘I'm a grown-up now’ moment came on my 25th birthday when my lovely younger sister told me I was now officially halfway to 50. Thanks for putting that one into perspective, Sis!” -- Meredith S.

6. “Aside from the whole working a real job, going to grad school, getting married, buying a house, having kids things, [what makes] me feel truly grown-up are little things. Getting excited about buying new towels. Reheating a cup of coffee. Watching the news every night.” -- Tracy R.

7. “I knew I was grown-up when I posted a picture of my new [food storage containers] on social media. As I posted it, I thought to myself, ‘This is so not cool, but I'm soooo excited!’” -- Kate S.

8. “I knew I was a grown-up when I had to start paying for my own [darn] tampons (why does it cost SO much each month?!).” -- Sarah B.

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9. “[When I called] college friends who shared our mutual 21st birthdays at on the dawn of our 42nd birthdays to remind them we'd lived as much of life since that time as up to that point.” -- Elizabeth L.

10. “I am not sure if it was feeling grown-up, but what made me feel old was hosting an exchange student! How could I HOST one -- I am that person!” -- Patricia P.

11. “When I started commenting on how ‘nice that lawn looks’ -- still kills me to say that stuff!” -- Jaclyn D.

12. “The first time I really felt grown-up was when I had to call and order sperm to send to my doctor’s office for us to try to get pregnant.” -- Kim N.

13. “It was when I no longer wanted to go out Friday nights because I was so exhausted from working all week!” -- Erica R.

14. “When we had a family crisis and I kept waiting for the grown-ups to come fix it -- and then I realized I was the grown-up.” -- Ann R.

15. “This sounds shallow, but realizing I spend more money on clothes for my kids than I do for myself makes me feel like such a grown-up mom.” -- Jamie F.

What was your grown-up moment?


Wendy Robinson is a writer, working mom, and graduate student. Someday she'd like to sleep in again. She also blogs at www.athleticmonkey.wordpress.com.

Image ©iStock.com/Juanmonino


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