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As you probably already know, I've been working really hard with Michele over at Casually Formal – trying hard to pinpoint the positive benefits of hanging out with the opposite sex.  [Yeah, other than that one.]   

Let me just start out by saying, HOLY SHIT-  thinking about things that women can learn from men is muy difficile.    

Anyway- after thinking long and hard (+ reading up on the things that Michele suggests that men can learn from women), I have my list.    

I want to start with an overview of Michele’s list though, a few things that he suggests men can learn from women.  He begins his post with a disclaimer, “I am in no way shape or form implying that men can not learn these things from other men, that women can not learn these things from other women or men, or even that these are the only things that men can learn from women.  These are just ten things that I [personally] think men could benefit from if they were to learn them from women.”   We’re all ears, Michele.   

  • Organization“I’ve heard some women claim to go through their ‘mental checklist’ before bed…even the thought of a ‘mental checklist’ seems like something next level.”  
  • Taking Pride in Appearance  
  • Etiquette“Learning from my mother, who taught me night in and night out that manners were carried forward to the dinner table.  I remember learning the basics of composure at the table.” 
  • Discipline – “Hair growth…that shit takes a while.”  (Amen.) 
  • Multitasking“I have a hard time switching between tasks and completing them.  I have to do one thing, finish it, and then move on to the next.” 
  • Learning“Whatever it is that women are doing to get better grades, sign me up because I want in.” 
  • Active Listening – (Pretty sure this is the downfall of almost all relationships, by the way…) “I have a tendency to space out but at least I’ve been aware enough to notice how well women actually listen in a conversation.  I really try to stay focused and absorb as much as I can like a sponge.” 
  • Intuition“Go with your gut feeling.” 
  • Emotional Expression – “Women are emotional being who aren’t afraid to show how they’re feeling on the inside through expression.  It bothers me when men are considered ‘weak’ or are mocked for showing their emotions.  Women show us how it’s okay to smile when you’re happy, or cry when you’re sad.” 
  • Meticulousness – “Women’s attention to detail is impeccable – they can detect if there’s a hair out of place or a wrinkle where there shouldn’t be.”   

Bravo, Michele.  As a woman, I would have never guessed that THESE were the things that men are picking up on.   

Alright – so how about us women?  Well, I did a little research and it seems that these are the things that women feel like they benefit most from being around men.    

  • Stress Management – KEEPING YOUR FUCKING COOL WHEN THE WORLD IS ON FIRE AROUND YOU.  Seriously, how do dudes do that? 
  • Patience – I have a hard time even waiting for my popcorn to cook. How are these guys sitting in deer stands waiting to catch something? 
  • Elasticity – Men can adapt to any environment.  It’s probably because they have less hair and do not have to worry about their mascara running, 99% of the time.  There are obviously exceptions.  (Shout out to RuPaul for always looking fab.  Though, I can’t quite see him camping.) 
  • Judgement Control – Girls can be really mean + judgemental.  Men know how to be decent humans towards each other, it’s admirable.  
  • Time Management – Personally, I’m always late.  Almost every woman that I know is.  
  • Logical Reasoning – I went back + forth on this one for a while, but ultimately left it here. 
  • When to Relax – Women can’t slow down.  It probably has something to do with that “mental checklist” that Michele mentioned.  Mine has the tendency to keep me up all night. 
  • Managing Emotions – I agree with Michele when he says that men can learn to show more emotion from women.  However, there’s a balance.  Women can definitely slip off of the deep end (just about once a month), and most of the time there’s a dude friend somewhere keeping her in check.  It’s nice- it’s probably saved a few lives + taken some.     

What do you think?  Are there things listed that you don’t agree with?  We've probably left out some HUGE ones on your list.  Let us know!  We’d love to hear them.  Drop us a line below.    

- xoxo.  Alyssa.  

PS -- You can read Michele's full post HERE