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IELTS Writing Task 2: permissive parenting

Here’s an example of Cause and Effect essay:

Some parents buy their children whatever they ask for, and allow their children to do whatever they want. Is this a good way to raise children? What consequences could this style of parenting have for children as they get older?

Notice the two separate questions: Is this…? and What consequences…?

It’s very easy to plan your 4-paragraph essay structure for this kind of question:

  • introduction,
  • answer the first question,
  • answer the second question,
  • conclusion.

Now you just need to plan some ideas. Here’s an example.

Introduction
It is true that some parents are overly permissive and tend to spoil their children. In my opinion, this is not a good parenting style, and it can have a range of negative long-term consequences.

Topic sentence, main paragraph 1
If parents want to raise respectful and well-behaved children, I believe that a certain amount of discipline is necessary.

Topic sentence, main paragraph 2
In my view, the children of indulgent or lenient parents are likely to grow up with several negative personality traits.

Conclusion
In conclusion, parents should help their children to develop self control and respect for others, and I do not believe that the permissive parenting style supports this objective.

Vocabulary

overly permissive

mature behavior

misbehave

indulgent = lenient

self-centred

unable to work successfully in teams

display low achievement

prone to delinquency and substance use

 

Model answer

It is true that some parents are overly permissive and tend to spoil their children. In my opinion, this is not a good parenting style, and it can have a range of negative long-term consequences.

If parents want to raise respectful and well-behaved children, I believe that a certain amount of discipline is necessary. Having worked with children myself, I have learnt that clear expectations and boundaries are necessary, and it is important to be able to say ‘no’ to children when they misbehave or try to push against these boundaries. This is the only way to help young people to regulate their desires and develop self-control. In my view, parents who do the opposite and constantly give in to their children’s demands, are actually doing more harm than good. They are failing their children rather than being kind to them.

The children of indulgent or lenient parents are likely to grow up with several negative personality traits. The first and most obvious danger is that these children will become self-centred adults who show little consideration for the feelings or needs of others. One consequence of such an attitude could be that these adults are unable to work successfully in teams with other colleagues. A second negative trait in such people could be impulsiveness. A person who has never lived with any boundaries is likely to lack the patience to carefully consider options before making decisions. This may lead, for example, to compulsive shopping, unwise financial decisions, or even criminal activity.

In conclusion, parents should help their children to develop self-control and respect for others, and I do not believe that the permissive parenting style supports this objective.

(283 words, band 9)

Read articles on permissive parenting to practice reading skills and boost your vocabulary:

What is permissive parenting?

Permissive parenting style

 


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