How would you respond to this IELTS Task 2 prompt: Many young children spend the majority of their time under the care of a guardian while their parents go to work…

In many countries, young children spend the majority of their time under the care of a guardian while their parents go to work. What is your opinion of this family arrangement?

Customs regarding the raising of children vary from on culture to another. In many countries, children are cared for by daytime guardians while their parents work to build careers. I argue that this form of rearing does not benefit children as much as when they are raised directly by their biological parents. This will be proven by looking at how such a family arrangement could cause misaligned values between parent and child in addition to feelings of abandonment among the young people in question.

Firstly, parents who choose their professional goals over raising their children run the risk of setting poor examples for their offspring. For instance, children of double income families are often indirectly taught that money is more important than family unity. These children grow up with unhealthy opinions about the size of a person’s paycheque and could potentially become adults who judge other human beings based on monetary status. As this reasoning shows, children are best raised by their parents.

Secondly, young children regularly separated from their parents may experience feelings of abandonment and this can lead to more complicated mental problems. For example, several studies have proved that Canadian children of single, working parents tend not to perform as well in school as their classmates from more traditional familial arrangements of a stay at home mother or father. This example shows that there is a clear link between a child’s academic performance and the level of attention they receive from their parents. Thus, it is clear that young people are not benefited when they are raised by guardians.

After analysing the above points, the merits of regular parental presence in a household can be seen.  It has thus been proved that parents should avoid working patterns that are detrimental to the development of their children, and I hope parents everywhere commit to ensuring they are the primary guidance providers of their young ones.

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