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CatThiefKeith Mon 20-Feb-17 18:43:10

Article linked to our local paper listing 50 things that lazy mums are failing to teach their children.

Presumably their fathers can't teach them anything because their penises get in the way! angryangry

https://www.mykentfamily.co.uk/primary/the-top-50-forgotten-skills-120839/

sotiredbutworthit Mon 20-Feb-17 18:46:01

WTF! I'm too busy working and earning to teach my kids how to darn bloody socks!!! What I am teaching them is a good work ethic. Their dad can teach them how to make proper gravy!

abbsisspartacus Mon 20-Feb-17 18:48:20

My dad taught me half the stuff on this list my mom taught me how to kill spiders from a distance and how to get my dad to clean up sick

Calvinlookingforhobbs Mon 20-Feb-17 18:50:47

Why are you taking this so personally? This article is based on the facts, not opinions that what have been viewed as traditionally female skills are dying out. Surely this is a good thing, feminists? We can't have it both ways.

AQuietMind Mon 20-Feb-17 18:51:58

That article is horrendous, do they have a fb page?

Catzpyjamas Mon 20-Feb-17 18:54:59

Totally sexist article but also a bit out of date, I think. Who darns socks?
I couldn't do about 10% of that list anyway

iklboo Mon 20-Feb-17 18:55:26

Since when did people re-heel their own shoes? That's what a cobbler was for.

Very few people have brass & silverware, let alone the time to do it.

How to landscape a fecking garden?!

anxious2017 Mon 20-Feb-17 18:55:39

Wow, this has incensed me. When was it written? The 40s?! Firstly it's the "mothers, mums, mothers, mums" all the way through. Do dads not teach their children anything then? Secondly, who the fuck darns socks or reheels shoes?! Like, seriously? Socks are £3.00 for 476325 pairs in Primark, get a grip.

CatThiefKeith Mon 20-Feb-17 18:56:42

Calvin why is it a woman's job to teach her children any of the things on that list?

And actually, there are many things on that list that traditionally were very much 'men's work'. Including decorating, washing the car and landscape gardening!

ArchNotImpudent Mon 20-Feb-17 18:57:11

Re-heeling shoes? Does anyone get taught this skill by their parents (excluding those whose parents are cobblers grin)

Catzpyjamas Mon 20-Feb-17 18:57:32

@Calvinlookingforhobbs, I think CTK was annoyed by the list heading in the article:
TOP 50 SKILLS MUMS AREN’T PASSING DOWN TO THEIR KIDS

DorcasthePuffin Mon 20-Feb-17 18:58:55

Fashion tips? hmm

OwlinaTree Mon 20-Feb-17 18:59:06

Wow yet more failings laid at a woman's door. Who needs to know how to re heel shoes? And surely I can look up how to make a trifle/cake/biscuits I don't need to be shown?

iklboo Mon 20-Feb-17 18:59:33

How to landscape a garden, how to compost etc. Not a great call for that in a mid-Victorian terrace in the arse end of Salford. Or a 17th floor flat in the middle of London I should imagine.

CatThiefKeith Mon 20-Feb-17 19:00:46

It's on http://www.kentonline.co.uk/ towards the bottom of the page. angry

Thegiantofillinois Mon 20-Feb-17 19:03:00

Haven't read it, but will any of the skills come in post apocalypse? Won't help me, cos I'll lose my glasses and be eaten by zombies/fall down a hole/ be forced to work in a mine, but might be useful to what vital life skills I'm denying my kids.

BrieAndChilli Mon 20-Feb-17 19:03:28

Well I've just gone through the list with my 8 year old and she knows 26 of them!!!! A lot of them are no longer done - shoes are thrown away rather than reheeled, people don't really have silver that need polishing, wtc

ArriettyClock1 Mon 20-Feb-17 19:04:22

That article is ludicrous and annoying.

I am very pleased to say I am a mum who wouldn't dream of doing half the things on that list. Who the fuck darns? Or recycles soaps? Or re-heels shoes?

Our children know how to cook, bake, garden, do the washing and iron (badly) but it's their dad that taught them, not me.

Rockpebblestone Mon 20-Feb-17 19:04:45

My own mother did not teach me half of those things. I'm not sure at what point in time women did all these things. Certainly middle class ladies before the Second World War would not have had these skills. They were only just getting used to not having servants! Whereas if you were a frontier woman you might have spent more time trapping and skinning dead things to eat.

So I don't feel bad. Society changes with the times.

DorcasthePuffin Mon 20-Feb-17 19:06:09

So a hefty proportion of that list is redundant because these just aren't essential skills anymore. It is no longer cost effective to darn socks, surely? These days, sewing and knitting are craft activities, not essential skills for running a frugal household.

I think my list would be more like:

1. Spider disposal
2. Sewing on a button
3. Hemming
4. Making tea and toast (primary), simple meals (secondary)
5. Changing a light bulb
6. Resetting the fuse box
7. Making your way around by public transport
8. Running a load of washing
9. Washing up efficiently
10. Dusting, hoovering, mopping the floor
11. Ringing for emergency assistance
12. Washing, detangling own hair
13. Buying something from a shop.
14. Recycling.

PMSL at 'polishing silverware' - I don't think there's been any silverware in my family for at least three generations.

As for teaching your child how to wear make-up...

CatThiefKeith Mon 20-Feb-17 19:10:11

But why is it all down to mums to teach these things? Don't dad's have a responsibility to pass on their knowledge too?

pluck Mon 20-Feb-17 19:11:34

My mother was born in 1946, and massively resented her MiL's obssession with darning. I learned the realistic skills on that list myself.

whatlifestylechoice Mon 20-Feb-17 19:11:39

How to recycle soaps? Ooh, I know this one -when the liquid soap runs out, you chuck the dispenser in the 'plastics' recycling box. Ta dah! I will be sure to pass this important knowledge on to my child, as soon as I've finished darning my socks.

Pffft! Stupid bloody article. Did they just ask an old man in the pub to write it?

Spudlet Mon 20-Feb-17 19:13:35

What a load of old tosh. Survey sponsored by Addis, you notice.... shan't be buying any more lunch boxes from them.

I don't think anyone under the age of 80 does half of these things anyway!

RebelRogue Mon 20-Feb-17 19:14:17

I don't know how to do,or won't do 90% of that list. I much prefer Puffin's list as that i can do,and dd is on her way of learning them too.

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