Topic : INDULGING CHILDREN
Useful words and phrases:
- adverse (adj)
- cope with sth (collocation)
- deprive sb of sth (collocation)
- developmental stage (collocation)
- dire (adj)
- inadvertently (adv) – inadvertent (adj)
- indulge (v) – indulgence (n) – indulgent (adj)
- lenient (adj)
- over-indulgence (np)
- parenting problem (collocation)
- personal hygiene (np)
- preadolescent (adj)
- satisfy all the needs (collocation)
- spoon-feed (vp): (figuratively) too spoiled for someone, too easy on someone
- unfavourable (adj)
Task 1: Write sentences from given cues. Make changes to the cues when needed.
- although /I / often / indulge / favourite / chocolates /I / maintain / healthy / weight / exercise/daily.
- by / give out / print / sheets / facts / theories / teachers / spoon-feed / us / what / we / need / exam.
- children / third world / country / very ill / and / dire / need / clean water.
- there / a lot / website / organisation / that / help / young parent / deal / parenting problem.
- you / cannot / function / proper / when / you / deprive / sleep
Task 2: Fill in the blanks with suitable words/phrases
|adverse (adj)||cope with sth (collocation)|
|deprive sb of sth (collocation)||developmental stage (collocation)|
|dire (adj)||inadvertently (adv) – inadvertent (adj)|
|indulge (v) – indulgence (n) – indulgent (adj)||lenient (adj)|
|over-indulgence (np)||parenting problem (collocation)|
|personal hygiene (np)||preadolescent (adj)|
|satisfy all the needs (collocation)||spoon-feed (vp)|
Parents often give children everything they ask for and do what they like. Is it good for children? What are the consequences when they grow up?
1___________children has become a common 2___________ in many modern families. From my perspective, this practice may create some immediate 3___________impacts on children and also results in long-term consequences for them.
In the short term, it is possible that 4___________ causes some delay to the process in which children learn important life skills. This can be seen in a variety of age groups, ranging from toddlers to teenagers. In Vietnam, for example, many over-caring parents 5___________their children until they are five or six, the 6___________in which they should have already been able to eat independently. Also in Vietnam, there is a common practice that parents assist their 7___________children in taking a bath or a shower. As a result, children may fail to acquire basic 8___________skills at the right time.
In the long run, the consequences are even more 9___________ as over-indulged children grow up. If parents unconditionally 10___________of their children, they may 11___________make their children become over-reliant on other people. When these children enter adulthood, the inability to live independently can cause some difficulties for them to maintain their overall well-being; for instance, they may be unaware of what to do when they catch a fever. Furthermore, it is a norm that over-indulgent parents are 12 ___________and do not require children to face the consequences of their misbehaviour. In general, this 13___________children of the opportunities to learn from mistakes, which may cause their problem-solving skills to be severely lacking in the future.
From the issues outlined above, one can conclude that over-indulgence may produce a number of 14___________effects on children, including the delay in gaining crucial life skills such as self-feeding and the long-term consequence of lacking the ability 15___________ as adults in the future.
- Although I often indulge in my favourite chocolates, I maintain a healthy weight by exercising daily.
- By giving out printed sheets of facts and theories, the teachers spoon-fed us with what we needed for the exam.
- The children in third world countries are very ill and in dire need of clean water.
- There are a lot of websites and organisations that help young parents deal with their parenting problems.
- You can’t function properly when you’re deprived of sleep.
(2) parenting problem
(6) developmental stage
(8) personal hygiene
(10) satisfy all the needs
(15) cope with problems