Slaving at the stove: Mothers spend an average THREE years of their lives in the kitchenSurvey reveals the average mother spends 18 whole days each year in the kitchenOver the average lifespan this amounts to 1,117 days or just over 3 yearsSix out ten women aged between 18 and 24 say a man's kitchen reflects their affluence and style
15:33 GMT, 5 November 2012
Not much has changed: It seems mothers still have to devote a huge amount of time to cooking in the kitchen
The stereotypical image of mothers slaving away over the stove, stuck in a never ending cycle of preparing meals for their family is not as out of date as we might think.
Mothers will spend more than three years of their adult lives in the kitchen, according to a new study.
Researchers found home-makers spend an average of 1,117 days of their lives cooking – preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for over eight hours a week for their family.
B&Q, which conducted the survey of 1,000 mothers, says this equates to nearly 18 whole days a year, and across the average woman's adult lifetime of 63 years, a whopping 1,117 days.
In addition to making sure their family are fed and watered, mothers choose to spend an extra 20 minutes a day in the kitchen relaxing – such as watching telly or reading a newspaper.
As a result, the latest must-have is a fancy kitchen, with 45 per cent of women saying they find a bloke with a nice kitchen more appealing.
It seems, surprisingly, that the younger generation is more impressed with a kitchen’s dcor.
The research revealed six out of 10 women aged between 18 and 24 say a man's kitchen reflects their affluence and style, and that a nice kitchen shows they take pride in their home – compared to three-quarters of ladies over 55 who admit a fancy kitchen fails to impress.
Tech-savvy men seem to be more at home in the kitchen these days, with a third admitting they discuss hi-tech gadgets over a pint with mates.
Slaving away: However women also spend time in the kitchen to relax, and can be impressed when a man has a nice kitchen
The separate poll of 2,000 men, also showed more than half of men aged between 18 and 34 like a gadget to play with in the kitchen, compared to just seven per cent of men over 55s.
A B&Q Spokeswoman said: ‘This survey shows how important it is that men sharpen up our skills in the kitchen as whilst the kitchen has always been seen as the heart of the home it now seems that it's also the way to a woman's heart too.’