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Insurance company Aviva have commissioned a survey investigating home improvement patterns and have found that many children continue to ask for DIY help from Mum and Dad even after they have grown up and moved out.

The amount of time parents spend on these tasks equates to about 51 hours per year and is most frequently required for garden maintenance with general building, fixings,  decorating and assembling flat-pack furniture making up the majority of other tasks. About of fifth of all those surveyed also admit that in doing this for their children they are neglecting their own chores and DIY tasks.

This has lead Aviva to brand this generation the ‘Do It For Me’ generation, DIFM is not the best acronym but I am sure some creative person will spin one out of it. Let us have your best shots.

Two statistics that leapt out from the report are that 81% of the parents felt they were more competent at a similar age and shockingly 8% of their children asked for help in changing a light bulb!

I can remember my dad showing me how to wire a plug when I was about 10 years old (ok so that is information that is no longer that useful in itself, but it still gives a certain knowledge about what is in the wiring!). We were encouraged to help with decorating, gardening and cooking – both genders being equally included in all tasks I am pleased to say.

Just making use of basic tools and having the confidence to complete basic tasks brings a strong sense of achievement which should be nurtured in the young.

However it seems these skills are not been learned in the day to day tasks of the home. We wonder if this is due to children watching TV and playing computer games instead of helping with the household tasks, or are parents just too busy to teach these skills to their children?

If you have fond memories of learning DIY skills at your parents knee then do please share them with us.

If you are a parent with DIY dependent children then introduce them to our website, or buy them our book on how to master those basic DIY tasks – that way you can get on with your own Home Improvements and other hobbies!

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