Her quest echoes that of U.S. relationship guru Laura Schlessinger (news - web sites), whose best-selling book "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands" smacks of 1950's attitudes. In it she says many marital problems stem from selfish, overly demanding women who treat their husbands more like accessories than priorities.
In Mexico, a 2000 study found women are having two to three children on average, unlike past generations when the government encouraged sprawling families in a misguided bid to boost the economy.
Topete's students say while they want to continue their studies after school and find jobs, they also want to marry and have families. For that, they need domestic skills.
"My mother works. She doesn't have time to show me stuff like this -- but don't print that, she'll kill me," says one girl, as she endeavors to make invisible stitches during a sewing class.
Topete, married for 38 years, quips that a girl will never find a husband if she can't sew. Keeping him is another challenge, she says.
"There must be a balance between being an executive and being a wife," she said. "Prepare a candle-lit dinner and wear something nice. If you keep him happy, then he'll keep you happy."
Marriage numbers in Canada decline by 6.8 per cent in one year.
After a brief millennium boom, the number of couples saying 'I do' declined sharply in 2001. According to a report from Statistics Canada, fewer Canadians than ever got married that year.
"A total of 146,618 couples tied the knot, down 6.8 per cent from 157,395 in 2000," the agency said in a statement accompanying the release of its Marriage, 2001 report on Thursday.
The numbers resume a downward trend in the number of marriages throughout the 1990s, bringing the agency's "crude marriage rate" to a record low of 4.7 marriages for every 1,000 people.
An upward blip in the marriage rate in 2000 to a five-year high of 5.1 was probably an anomaly, the agency said, "attributable to couples choosing to marry at the start of the new millennium."
Ladies' Men: Great for Sex, But Not for Marriage
New research confirms what romance novelists have known for years: for brief affairs, women tend to prefer a dominating, powerful and promiscuous man.
However, when considering a long-term relationship, women are more likely to turn to a compassionate, sensitive and monogamous man, the report indicates.
When given descriptions of these two male archetypes, described by the researchers as "cads" and "dads," women consistently preferred a dad as a long-term partner. However, as the relationship shortened, women became more likely to opt for being with a cad.
In a telling example, 60% of women said they would prefer to have sex with one cad-like character, but only 13% said they would want him engaged to their daughters.
Despite the apparent appeal of cads to women, study author Dr. Daniel J. Kruger of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor advised men against trying to adopt the "dark horse" persona.
Cads are often men in positions of power and leadership, such as the heads of companies or sports