Household skills are dying out -- because mums are too busy

275x250.jpg Traditional household skills - like making pastry and sewing buttons are dying out - because modern mums are too busy to learn them, it has been claimed.
 
Researchers found millions of mothers struggle with a string of skills their own mums would have carried out with ease.
 
Knitting, baking cakes, making jam and altering clothes also made the list of tasks that many mums just don’t know how to do.
 
The study also found most modern mums wished they had the skills their own mothers had but said they didn't have the time or patience to learn them.
 
It was also found nine out of ten younger mums don't know how to starch a shirt, while more than half struggle to sew name tags in their children's clothes.
Three quarters couldn't make gravy from scratch, while nearly half couldn't rustle up a Victoria sponge.

Nearly half of young mums said they made more of an effort to learn traditional 'mum' skills after their children were born.

The research was commissioned by Neff following a study of 1,000 mums under 35 and 1,000 mums over 45.
 
Sue Flowers, of Neff, said: "We know that modern mums are under different pressures today compared with 40 years ago.
 
“As a result, many mums find it difficult to do some of the daily tasks their own mums may have done. However, our research has shown that many do want to learn how to do these things and feel as passionate as we do about ensuring skills such as baking and sewing don’t die out.
 
“Mums from previous generations learnt how to do these everyday tasks from their mums and their mums before them. Despite not necessarily having the know-how, many mums today are taking a real interest in learning traditional skills to help with their daily life or to enjoy as a hobby.”
 
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