Babies beat bachelors’

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More and more women these days are opting out of childbearing, or even childrearing. Some claim to dislike children, while others prefer to focus on their education and career. Some are even influenced by the proliferation of videos and articles on the internet that display children as nothing more than nuisances.

To this, we at the WAE say that enough is enough! Enough with the lies about careers and college degrees. Enough with the YouTube videos and BuzzFeed articles portraying precious angels as nasty demons.

We as a country need to return to the days when motherhood was seen as a privilege, when time spent in the classroom was time spent away from a woman’s family, when babymaking was considered one of the few things women were good for. Those were the days when truth reigned and lies were squelched out of society.

And the truth is that babies beat bachelor’s degrees.

Young mothers are more likely to express contentment than their educated counterparts. That’s because they feel they have a greater purpose in life, tend to have a lot of kids (big families equal big happiness!), and experience less loneliness because little kiddos are always running around their heels. They suffer lower rates of stress, heart disease, breast cancer, and a myriad of other health problems. On top of that, an uneducated, young mother can expect to live longer than her educated counterpart—five years longer, to be exact.

But educated women who don’t have babies until a later age (if ever) feel that something is missing from their lives (that “something” is children, though they don’t know it). They get bored easily while paradoxically experiencing great levels of stress (they subconsciously know they’re not in their proper place). They are just plain unhappy.

So motherhood trumps education. But just to dispel any lingering notions that kids are little terrors, we at the WAE promise you that motherhood is the best thing we have ever done with our lives, that we wouldn’t trade our kids for anything, and that all the good parts of motherhood make up for the occasional bad parts.

Checkmate, college. Checkmate, internet.

I used to believe in education

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Today marks the five-year anniversary of when I dropped out of Grand Valley State University.

Looking back on it now, I’m ashamed to admit that I ever actually attended college. I blush whenever someone teases me about it. If GVSU sends me letters or postcards in the mail, I’ll go right outside to our firepit, burn them, and sprinkle the ashes into my organic tomato garden.

But as my husband, Mitchell says, I shouldn’t judge my past self because I didn’t know then what I know now. Even so, writing this post and admitting my failures requires a certain amount of vulnerability on my part. Yet I’m doing it because I know it’s important. There are so many women out there who are hurting themselves, the men they love, and their future marriages because they don’t understand the toxicity of a college education.

If you are a woman in college or are even thinking about it, please read and learn from my story. The past five years haven’t been easy, and I can only imagine how much worse they would have been if I’d stayed in school.

I came from a well-educated family. Both of my parents were physicians (I now realize that was why they got divorced when I was twelve; my mom was far too educated). My older brother Clarence was in grad school for engineering. As for me, the medical field always fascinated me. I wanted to be a nurse.

It wasn’t an easy path, though. My science classes were rigorous, and sometimes I didn’t do well on tests. I studied late into the night, downing coffee after coffee to stay awake. I sacrificed relationships with friends, and, even worse, I did virtually no husband-searching. I didn’t want to admit it to myself—the stakes were too high—but I was unhappy.

Then I discovered the WAE. I was a sophmore at the time. The organization intrigued me; I’d never once thought of education as detrimental to society or myself. But it made so much sense. I quickly got on board, dropped out of GVSU, and attended each of the WAE’s seminars (in addition to following their website religiously!). Thanks to them, I met and married Mitchell within three months of attending my last Human Anatomy class.

However, I didn’t escape higher education soon enough. My first year of marriage exposed the scars. Mitchell and I fought a lot, and it was my fault each time. I foolishly believed that I was just as intelligent as him, though my sex proved otherwise. I got bored at home, cooking and cleaning for him. I resisted when he enacted his husbandly duties to discipline me. More than once I considered enrolling at GVSU again.

But thanks to time, my husband’s patience, and the WAE, I got through the difficult year and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl (who wants to be just like mommy when she grows up!). Now, rather than fighting my husband, I obey and submit to him. I recognize that my vagina makes me inferior to him. I let him beat me when I talk back or don’t get him a beer as soon as he asks for it. And I have three beautiful children whom I absolutely adore—and I can’t wait to bring even more into the world!

So if you are a young woman who’s considering higher education, hear my story. Don’t do it. If you’re a young woman who’s in college, you still have a chance to get out.

I no longer believe in education. Neither should you.

Submitted by Maggie MacGee

Great recipes to whip up for the family

As great as it is, life as a housewife can be stressful. You have to clean the house, take care of the kids, conduct homeschool lessons, and act as your husband’s personal servant. On top of all that, you have to cook hearty, healthy meals that will please the whole family, especially your man.

Overwhelming? Yes. But never fear! Pinterest comes to the rescue at times like this (what did women ever do before Pinterest was invented, we wonder?).

We at the WAE have taken the liberties of scrolling through Pinterest, finding dozens of tasty recipes, and trying them out. Here are the best five of the bunch. They are husband—and even kid—tested and approved. No matter what tastes your family prefers, they’ll be sure to love them!

  1. Spicy Shrimp Sandwich with Chipotle Avocado Mayonnaise
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    Should women make men sammiches? Especially when it’s something gourmet like this, the answer will always, always be “Yes!”

  2. Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken
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    On a busy day, look no further than this quick, easy-to-make dish. Perfect for chilly fall nights!

  3. Crunchy Black Bean Tacos
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    For the vegetarian family, these tacos are lovely and oh-so-yummy.

  4. Spaghetti in Garlic Gravy with Herbs and Lemon Marinated Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes
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    Is there a more heavenly combination than garlic, lemon, and herbs? Not really.

  5. Honey Lime Chicken Skewers
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    Get your hubby to grill up these puppies, and you’ve got yourself a delicious summer dinner! It’s great for summer gatherings and parties, too.

Tips for securing a husband

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Dating and marriage can be complicated. First you need to find the right man, then you need to get him to like you enough to ask you out. It’s stressful.

Luckily for you, we at the WAE have compiled our best advice for husband-searching. Follow these tips, and you’ll be walking down the aisle in no time.

Finding a suitable husband

A good man isn’t easy to find, but you’ll know you’ve found him if he exhibits all of these characteristics.

  • Domineering. This means he’s not a wuss. He will be the leader in your house and take control of your marriage.
  • Self-confident. Listen for him to say anything along the lines of “I’m such a great person” or “I’m so much better at _____ than you” or “I’m God’s gift to women.” Any of these things are signs that he has self-confidence. He won’t be too timid to make a decision.
  • Understands a woman’s place in the world. Feminists cringe at “women in the kitchen” jokes. You know better, though. “Jokes” like these are signs that a man knows where a woman should be: in the kitchen.

Men like this can be found all over: at restaurants, malls, or libraries (pretend you’re not there to read if you meet a guy there, though). Plenty of great men frequent the WAE’s events. Participate in one, and you may just find the man of your dreams!

Getting him to like you

There’s also the matter of getting a good man to like you, which is just as hard—if not harder—than finding him in the first place. This is because you can’t ask him out. Men hate being asked out; it emasculates them. So what can you do?

  1. Flirt. Touch his arm when you talk to him. Bat your eyelashes. Cock your hips.
  2. Make yourself look pretty. Put on some makeup. Wear dresses and skirts and jewelry. Men care about women’s physical appearance above all else. But be careful not to make yourself look slutty. That will make you look too easy. Good men enjoy the thrill of the hunt.
  3. Act shy. Look at the ground, play with your hair, act nervous. Quality men are drawn to insecure women; they’re easier to domineer.
  4. Admire everything about him. If you don’t admire everything about him, pretend you do. For instance: “You got a B+ on your open-book exam? Wow, that’s amazing! You’re so smart!” Lay the compliments on thick. It will give him an ego boost, and great guys love to have their egos boosted.
  5. Play dumb. Good men love stupid girls. It makes them look smarter and more capable.
  6. Listen more than you talk. Keepers will appreciate girls who can keep their mouths shut.
  7. When he does ask you out, don’t say “yes” at first. Good men know that women are playing hard to get when they say “no,” and that makes them try harder. Your guy won’t be able to leave you alone!
  8. When you do decide it’s time to say “yes,” state your intentions to move through the relationship as quickly as possible. If you’ve found the right man, he’ll agree with you.(Note: many women ask if it’s okay to be so upfront like this; it sounds man-like. But this is an entirely different situation. You should rarely, if ever, be so direct with your man ever again.)

All in all, dating can be hard, but with a little time and work, you can find someone to serve for the rest of your life.