I’m 41 but look the same age as my 21 year old daughter

An aging mother of a child looks so young that she is often mistaken for her 21-year-old daughter’s sister.

US-based kindergarten teacher Jennifer Craft and her daughter Ariana not only share a close relationship, but despite their 20-year age difference, they look very similar.

Jennifer Craft, 41, who is often mistaken for the sister of her 21-year-old daughter Ariana when she is from the US

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Jennifer Craft, 41, who is often mistaken for the sister of her 21-year-old daughter Ariana when she is from the USCredit: Jennifer Craft
The mother-daughter duo look very similar in age — despite their 20-year age difference

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The mother-daughter duo look very similar in age — despite their 20-year age differenceCredit: Jennifer Craft

But while Jennifer now takes the mistake as a compliment, it wasn’t always like that. Here she speaks exclusively to Fabulous:

We were always mistaken for sisters.

It bothered me when I was younger because I wanted people to know that I was their mother.

I joked with people who told them I wanted to wear an “I’m the mom” button.

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Ariana was about three when I was first mistaken for her sister.

“I checked out at a store and Ariana called me ‘Mum,'” she said.

“The cashier looked visibly stunned and said, ‘Wow. I thought you were her sister or the babysitter.’

I have never forgotten that conversation because it bothered me so much. I cried as I got in the car.

I wanted so badly for people to see me as a mother and it bothered me that they didn’t.

I actually started wearing my grandmother’s clothes because I thought she would make me look older.

It wasn’t until I was in my mid-30s that I made peace with it, and now that I’m in my 40s I’m glad to be mistaken for her sister.

As for Ariana, it never seemed to bother her. To be honest, I think she just got used to it.

The funniest thing for me is when we go to a restaurant.

They always ask if the check is together or separate because they assume we are sisters or friends not mother and daughter.

I actually started wearing my grandmother’s clothes because I thought she would make me look older

Jennifer Craft, 41

My daughter once said to a server, “Of course it’s together. She is my mother. I do not pay.’

It was also funny when we went to their college registration experience.

We went to the registration desk to get their package and they asked for their names and mine.

At first we thought they needed a parent’s name as well, but then we realized they thought I was enrolling in college.

We all laughed when they realized I was the parent.

I’ve never been hit on when I and Ariana were together, but her male friends made up a song about us.

They made a parody of the song “Stacy’s Mum” and changed the lyrics to “Ariana’s Mum”.

Of course Ariana told me and found it hilarious. I was slightly offended.

As far as anti-aging secrets go, I don’t really have many. I just stay out of the sun and take care of my skin.

I also try to eat healthy and exercise.

I think being a kindergarten teacher probably helped keep me ‘young’ too!”

Jennifer explained that when she goes to dinner with her daughter (pictured together), waiters often ask if the bill is together or separate, assuming they are sisters or friends

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Jennifer explained that when she goes to dinner with her daughter (pictured together), waiters often ask if the bill is together or separate, assuming they are sisters or friendsCredit: Jennifer Craft
Jennifer said she takes care of her skin and stays out of the sun.  Pictured with daughter Ariana

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Jennifer said she takes care of her skin and stays out of the sun. Pictured with daughter ArianaCredit: Jennifer Craft

In other parent news, This woman wore bikinis during her pregnancy because her stomach was so flat – no one believed she was pregnant until they saw her baby.

This mom made her daughter her own station to get ready with in the morning.

and This mom made the decision to have back-to-back babies.

I look so young that people can’t believe it when I tell them I have grown children

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/17693813/im-41-get-mistaken-for-being-daughters-sister/ I’m 41 but look the same age as my 21 year old daughter

Dais Johnston

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