Traditional skills like knitting, letter writing and Yorkshire-pudding making are dying out because parents aren’t passing down their know-how, according to new research.
Washing-up, ironing, and how to spring clean a house are also among the things mothers aren’t teaching their offspring. Organising the laundry, darning socks and making ‘proper’ gravy also feature in the top 50 forgotten skills.
The survey of 2,000 mums of children age two and above by Addis Housewares, found over half don’t have the time to teach their kids their know-how.
A spokesman for Addis Housewares said: “Our research shows many traditional skills are not being passed down any more.
“Some skills, like darning socks, perhaps might be thought of as a little old-fashioned, but some like handwriting and sewing buttons for instance are helpful things to know.
“Perhaps as the research suggests, mums are so busy working and looking after their kids – among other things – they understandably struggle to find the time to teach them what they know.”
The traditional art of darning appears doomed, along with how to polish brass and silverware and how to make a trifle.
We aren’t passing down advice on making jam or marmalade, patching trousers and descaling a kettle.
On average, modern mothers estimate they learnt 22 skills from their own mums and use seven of them every day.
The most important types of skills for mums to pass down are cooking, followed by being able to look after your money and moral values.
Eight in 10 said their offspring enjoy learning things from them but 64 per cent think much of their know-how will no longer be relevant to modern day kids.
Instead of asking their mum how to do something, one in 10 kids are turning to the internet for help.
But six in 10 people polled said they wished they’d learnt more skills from their own mums.
Top 50 forgotten skills
- Darning socks
- Patching trousers or jeans
- How to darn a woollen jumper
- Re-heeling shoes
- How to polish brass and silverware
- How to recycle soaps
- Letter writing
- Making jam / marmalade
- Handwashing clothes
- Making chutney
- How to hem a dress
- Sewing buttons
- Making a trifle
- Making homemade ice lollies
- Descaling a kettle
- Making a white sauce
- Storing winter/summer clothes away properly
- Making dough and pastry
- How to recycle vintage furniture
- How to make Yorkshire puddings
- How to compost
- Making proper gravy
- How to skip (a rope)
- How to line a cake tin
- Making biscuits
- How to grow vegetables successfully
- Baking a cake
- How to spring clean a house
- Which season to plant seeds
- Fashion tips
- How to clean an oven
- What certain flowers and plants are
- How to landscape a garden
- Washing up
- How to get stains out of clothes
- Folding clothes properly
- Telling when fruit/veg is ripe
- How to wash a car
- How to get stains out of carpets/furniture
- Writing cards
- Applying make-up
- Making pancakes
- How to clean windows
- Interior decorating
- How to organise/sort the laundry
- Ironing clothes