‘Mum and Dad’s handeddown skills have saved me thousands,’
says GH consumer director and parent Caroline Bloor
‘If I totted up how much money my dad saved me in DIY over the years, it would be thousands. Together, we not only put up blinds and shelves, but also laid laminate flooring, put up wallpaper and even repaired flat roofs. Now I’m the one confidently helping others with these tasks. The same can be said for household tasks: my mother wasn’t a brilliant cook but she did teach me how to make white sauce and gravy, wire a plug and change a tyre.
I asked my student daughter what skills she’d learnt from me, and braced myself for the answer. She said: “How to assemble flat-pack furniture. That cold water can get out nearly any stain if you’re quick enough. That, after a week, the bathroom floor might not look dirty but it definitely is. And towels that have been washed a few times won’t run, so you can put them in with any clothes to make up the load.” And what hadn’t I told her about? “How to put salt in the dishwasher, read the meters and fix tripping electrics, and what to do when the smoke alarm starts beeping at 4am.”
But the good news is that thanks to the family Whatsapp group, she can tap into motherly expertise any time she likes!’