Mums too busy to be domestic goddesses

baking with mum

baking with mumMany of us hold dear memories of our mothers baking cakes or mending our torn school-shirts.

But it seems perhaps our children won't have the same recollections, because we're too busy to learn such traditional household skills.

A study carried out by oven firm Neff found millions of us younger mums struggle with simple household skills that were second nature to our own mothers.

Be it making jam or altering clothes, it seems few of us have time to learn the art of being a true domestic goddess!

Some 90% of us don't know how to 'starch' a shirt, while three quarters of us couldn't make gravy from scratch. And more than half of us even find it tricky to sew name tags into our kid's clothes.

But that doesn't mean we don't wish we could - the survey found most of us want to acquire the skills our own mums had. And nearly 50% of us have made more effort to learn them since we had our children.

Neff spokeswoman Sue Flowers said: "We know that modern mums are under different pressures today compared with 40 years ago.

"As a result, many mothers find it difficult to do some of the daily tasks their own mothers 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."

The first step to being a domestic goddess is finding the time to learn how. Here are some easy tips to help get that work-life balance sorted.