When I was a child, I had a mother who wanted to do everything in my life and allowed me to do almost nothing. I didn't know how to operate a washing machine until I was 16 years old and leaving for college. I was required to do very little housecleaning and I knew just a little bit about cooking. I was really dependent on a female to take care of me. That's okay when you are ten or twelve years old but not when you are an adult.
NEVER GET MARRIED OR ACQUIRE A LIVE-IN GIRLFRIEND BECAUSE YOU NEED SOMEONE TO TAKE MOM'S PLACE.
Learn how to take care of yourself. This isn't about being MGTOW or whatever. It's just about being responsible - entirely responsible - for yourself.
Over the years, I have learned many things about taking care of myself and the home in which I live.
Housekeeping. I know how to shop for sheets and bath linens. I know to change the bed and bath linen at least weekly. I keep the shower, toilet, and bathroom sink clean. The mirror gets cleaned at least monthly and more often if needed. I sweep and vacuum weekly. I dust when I notice a fine coat of dust on flat surfaces.
Kitchen. I have a fully furnished kitchen.
Pots, pans, broilers, baking dishes, stand mixer, blender, frying pans, table service for 12. I know how to cook and I actually do cook. I can bake a cake or pie "from scratch" as well as a casserole. I can prepare Thanksgiving dinner (including a great roast turkey and homemade pumpkin pie) for twenty people and they will love it.
Clothing. I know how to shop for myself. I know which fabrics require ironing and which are more durable. I know how to iron. I know how to do laundry. I can replace a button on a shirt or jacket.
BUT, OLDERANDWISER, THESE ARE TRADITIONAL FEMALE TASKS! Some guys might think so, but . . . there is NOTHING manly about depending on a woman to take care of you. When you are young, you may go to MacDonald's or some other fast food for most of your meals; why do you need to learn how to cook?
Trust me, as you get older, you will probably get tired of a Big Mac and fries every night, and you will wish that you could go home and have some roast beef and mashed potatoes, or a nice steak with real (not from a box) macaroni and cheese. And . . . if you are a strong man, cooking won't make you less of a man. (I still do mechanical work on my vehicles, plumbing and electrical repairs in my home, and other "manly" tasks.)
I've been divorced for six years and - obviously - I haven't been in a rush to get remarried. I don't NEED to get married again; I can take care of myself. If I get married, it will be because I want this particular woman to share my life and not because she knows how to bake homemade biscuits.
So, you younger guys, think about learning how to take care of yourself and you can get some extra mileage out of it. If there's a girl you know and you want to get closer, tell her that you feel helpless in the kitchen but you want to learn how to broil a steak or how to make a cake so you can surprise your mom on her birthday. Most girls LOVE to help guys and this is a great way to spend time getting closer to that girl.
The irony is that the more you become self-sufficient, the more attractive you become to women!