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So, am I grown-up yet?

When I was a child, I think I imagined that being a grown-up meant being able to do all the things I wanted to do, but was prevented from doing by my parents and teachers. Sadly, according to research undertaken by the Skipton Building Society, I was wrong.

Here are the 50 things that the Skipton says prove you are grown-up:

1.Having a mortgage

2.Mum and dad no longer make your financial decisions

3.Paying into a pension

4.Conducting a weekly food shop

5.Written a Will

6.Having children

7.Budgeting every month

8.Being able to cook an evening meal from scratch

9.Getting married

10.Having life insurance

11.Recycling

12.Having a savings account

13.Knowing what terms like ‘ISA’ and ‘tracker’ mean

14.Watching the news

15.Owning a lawn mower

16.Doing your own washing

17.Taking trips to the local tip

18.Planting flowers

19.Being able to bleed a radiator

20.Having a joint bank account

21.Having a view on politics

22.Keeping track of interest rates

23.Finding a messy house annoying

24.Being able to change a light bulb

25.Owning a vacuum cleaner

26.Holding dinner parties

27.Listening to Radio 2

28.Enjoying gardening

29.Spending weekend just ‘pottering’

30.Mum starts asking you for advice

31.Carrying spare shopping bags just in case

32.Like going round garden centres

33.Wearing coats on a night out

34.Going to bed before 11pm

35.Making sure mum and dad are phoned at least once a week

36.Classing work as a career rather than a job

37.Repairing torn clothing rather than throwing it away

38.You iron

39.You wash up immediately after eating

40.Enjoy cooking

41.Buying a Sunday paper

42.Always going out with a sensible pair of shoes

43.You like receiving gift vouchers

44.Work keeps you awake at night

45.Filing post

46.Having a ‘best’ crockery set

47.Being able to change a car tyre

48.Being sensible enough to remove make up off before bedtime

49.Being able to follow a receipt

50.Owning ‘best towels’ as well as ‘everyday towels’

I can’t claim to be proficient at number 48 (and number 49 doesn’t really apply). Does that mean I can still lay claim to child status?

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