IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 539 - Many families find it necessary for both parents go out to work

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

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 these views and give your own opinion. Give reason for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer 1:
In the past, it was a custom for fathers to be the only back bone of the family. Fathers would go out to work and earn money to fulfill the families’ daily needs and mothers would stay home to take care of the children. However, nowadays, it is not rare to find both parents going out to work. Whilst the additional income might bring benefits to everyone especially the children, there are a number of drawbacks that cannot be overlooked. This essay will confer whether or not it is necessary for both parents to go out to earn money for a living.

In some families, both parents are required to work not because of their own will, but because circumstances demand them to. As living cost and everything is getting more expensive in today’s competitive world, some families might not earn enough to cover their living cost if only one parent goes out to work. That being the case, there is nothing anyone can do to help. However, the benefit of the extra income for the children still remains unchanged. With more income, parents will be able to afford more new toys, the latest gadget, and even vacation abroad.

On the other hand, children might feel abandoned due to their parents’ never being there for them. It is also proven that children’s, whose parents are never at home, are more prone to behavioral problems. For instance, my friend, Elaine, whose parents is always working overnight and is never there for her when she needs them, has to battle with her insecurity of being unwanted every day, she in turn tries to seek the attention of her teachers by behaving badly in the class. From my example, you can see how parents’ absence can affect children in the long run.

As far as I am concerned, there is no need for both parents to be working unless it is really necessary. While additional income is benefiting for the children, the presence of a mother will be best for the children’s well-being in the long run.

( Written by - Jaclyn

Sample Answer 2:
Modern world products and services put extra costs on families. This has led to many of mothers work besides their husbands for their children’s welfare. Although some individuals hold the view that working of both parents may cause problems in children upbringing, others believe parents can pay enough attention to their children as well as work outside.

Some people argue that working of both parents is not good for children because of some important reasons. At first, their children may have not appropriate upbringing. Parents don’t spend enough time for children. Thus, they can’t educate necessary life lessons. This lack may direct children to criminal activities. In addition, children may get moral sicknesses. It is because of they feel themselves lone without any support in necessary times. Loneness of children take their self-confidence. Self-confidence shortage can affect their future life.

However, opponents are of the opinion that both parents can work outside without any problem in home. To begin, they say parents can adjust their daily hours to have enough time for their children.  Mothers or both parents can work part time. They also can make an accurate daily plan for all family members to use their time more effective and efficient. Furthermore, parents can register necessary courses which cover children’s educational needs to both life and school skills. Occupied parents have enough money to spend extra courses costs.

To conclude, though some people believe working of both parents is not useful for children, others don’t believe in it. In my opinion, working of both parents is necessary if it doesn’t harm children’s life. My 2 years child has extra costs which make my wife and I work together. Of course, his living will need more money in future. Providing necessary facilities and support for children’s progress needs enough money. Anyway, I hope parents can make balance between work and family affairs.

( Written by - Ali Hosseini


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+1 # Joseph Franklin 2015-06-02 13:06
It is quite common nowadays a family with two working parents. This trend is not restricted for the families with financial difficulties, but also in wealthier once. However, certain people believe that, their children will be getting more benefits and while others claim that this has a negative effect on children. In this essay I am going to analyze the effect for and against the both working parents.

First of all with an extra salary, parents can provide better facilities like education from reputed institutions, better health care services in good hospital, in case children need closer support with their studies parents can hire tutor without any difficulties. Secondly, these kids will tend to be more creative and independent. This is probably because of the environment in which they grew up. Moreover, these children are normally put into nursery school by working parents, there they can learn to communicate and cooperate with other kids.

However, the dark sides of the family where both parents are working, their children are more likely to get time to spend alone. When kids are alone they will be like Denis the Menes, they can do whatever they want. Without a proper supervision they are more likely to get their mind diverted to some sites like social networking, illegal sites, or porn sites, this makes them ignore their studies completely. Finally they will become burden to their parents.

In conclusion, I firmly believe that parents working are an inevitable task, which has its own advantages and disadvantages and parents must maintain a proper balance between its pros and cons.
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