I got talking to a colleague this week, a topic I hadn’t thought of until it was brought to my attention, but really struck a chord with me. At heart I am quite traditional, nostalgic and whimsical even. I love to look back over yester-year, reminisce and remember a time gone by. Friends, colleagues and family have always said I was quite possibly born in the wrong era.. of which I tend to agree.
A recent study for Deramores Online Knitting Store shows that Social Media is now the main resource for learning traditional skills, such as cooking, knitting, sewing instead of from our Grandparents.
With the ever growing on-line presence it seems more and more youngsters are opting to turn to social media rather than ask a family member.
Children are far more comfortable having on-line conversations rather than chatting and learning from their elders.
This astounded me.
Are we loosing the traditional methods of passing down skills from generation to generation, and instead opting for the likes of YouTube and twitter to be taught?
My grandparents sadly died before I could be taught anything from them, but my mother was taught by her mother how to knit, and she then in turn taught me how to knit.
The one thing that stands out from the time she took to teach me was the bonding that took place whilst we sat together and i listened and learned while she taught and encouraged.
I remember asking her numerous questions, her fixing my mistakes and showing me how to cast on and knit and pearl.
I wouldn’t have swapped that bonding experience for anything.
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And now, my mum as a Grandmother has started to teach her Granddaughters how to knit, with fun projects like the Cbeebies programme The Clangers knitting pattern, she is bringing fun in to traditional skills to a younger generation.
And by teaching them, she not only imparts a great skill but also has built memories that will last them a lifetime.
You just don’t get that from social media.
Just to play devils advocate here, the other side is of course that some of us don’t have relatives to pass on traditions, whether that be due to distance, or loss, or just generally busy.
Social media is a 24 hour business, allowing us to dial in whenever we have a spare, convenient minute, it opens avenues that were possibly closed to us before, offering tutorials and blog posts with intricate instructions from people who know what they’re doing, and happy to share this information.
Social Media definitely plays an integral part in our lives these days and a big part of our learning process.
My personal opinion is: Both are great sources for learning.
But traditional skills learned from our elders not only creates new abilities but are memory makers also. Learning from social media won’t deepen the bond, or create those lasting thoughts of that time you spent with a loved one, whether than be knitting, cooking of gardening!
And if we turn to our elders, then maybe our children in turn will do the same.
A mix of both old tradition and new traditions, perhaps grandchild can show grandparent YouTube and new digital formats.
In this fast passed, throw away world we live in, bringing traditions forward with us a wonderful way to keep us grounded.
What are your thoughts on traditions? I would genuinely love to hear.
Were you taught any traditional skills by parents or grandparents?
I really fancy sitting down with my mum and picking my knitting back up, its been years and I could do with a refresher course with her over a cuppa and a chat.. You don’t get that from social media now do you. Great coffee, great company, great memories made.
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