IELTS Writing Task 2: Working Couple

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In today’s competitive world, many families find it necessary for both parents go out to work. While some say the children in these families benefit from the additional income, others feel they lack support because of their parents’ absence.

Discuss both views and give your own opinion

In a money-driven society, often both parents have to work for more than eight hours per day to increase income and thus fewer family financial stresses will crop up. Two-income families enjoy better financial footing and children are likely to enjoy enriching experiences. However, some children need strong family bonds which is rarely to happen if both parents are working. In this essay, I will explore both possible consequences that may interfere to meet fully the needs of children.

For families that choose to pursue dual income streams by working outside of the house, children may benefit for having two working parents. There are obvious effects on the family.  First, more money translates to parents less worrying about family’s expenses. The children can obtain better health care, access to higher-quality education and enjoy more night outs with the whole family. Second, when both parents are working full-time, there is greater chance for an equal roles of husband and wife. With their wives out in the the workplace, husbands will assume the role as child caregiver. In effect, child can experience care from both parents, in contrast to traditional practice that the mother is usually the main responsible of raising their children.

Unsurprisingly, there are also drawbacks to being a working couple. Based on a University-led research revealed that the children of parents who work full-time before the children start school tend to suffer dyslexia. Dyslexia is a mental disorder that involves difficulty to read that led to score less in reading and math test. This is recognizable during primary school and continues into early adulthood. In addition, if both parents are working, there are possibilities that they will hire nannies to stand on their behalf. This set-up might works fine but probably may not work to all children. There are tendencies that children will feel that they did not come “first” with their parents priority especially if they ended up hiring inept nannies. This feeling of a child will result to a bad emotional development and will contribute to child shyness, insecurities and timidity. In my opinion, parents time for both career and their children are equally important for the family. The exogenous increase in household income is beneficial and so as the time spent by parents in nurturing the young ones’ well-being.

To sum up, parents are among the most important people in the lives of young children. Balancing the often competing demands of work and family can be challenging but it is important and desirable for parents to determine the balance between work and the children’s needs.

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