Despite the title of this post, it is not going to be about my children...
I don't feel like a grown-up most of the time. I'm already 30(+) but I just don't think of myself as old, like parenting old! My mom recently had her 60th birthday and my dad asked me what I thought of that. My response was to say that whenever I think my parents' age is old, suddenly I am that age and it doesn't feel so old anymore. So I don't think anything about age these days.
But there have been some milestones that I've noticed can make one feel more like a grown-up.
First, getting a real job. You know, one with a salary. And a 401K (which is still a scary word to me).
Second, getting a raise.
Going to a conference. Attending seminars. Having meetings!
Buying a house. Having homeowners insurance.
Buying a car! Probably buying a brand-new car will feel extra grown up, but I haven't done that yet so I'm not so sure.
Getting married (surprisingly, I don't include getting engaged. I guess that's too much like "going steady" to take seriously!)
Cleaning the bathroom. Maybe it's weird that I think of that as a grown up thing, but whenever I talk about it or hear that someone else is doing it, I think... wow, how grown up of you.
Having a "planner". You know, one of those daily planners, otherwise known as a calendar? That you write appointments and things into?
Having kids? I'm not so sure about that one. I don't think it makes me feel grown-up to have kids. The early wake up calls and exhausting days just make me feel old.
How about you? Was it your first wallet, your newest haircut? What makes you think "grownup"?