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Should mothers stay at home to raise their children?

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Kerrie Coyle 11a Argumentative Essay 28th November 2005 Working Mothers Should mothers stay at home to raise their children? In today's society, women often feel that to be seen as successful, they should have to balance their career, children and their marriage. For many families, going back to work, after the birth of a child is a necessity, as they find it impossible to stop work due to financial concerns. However, many people feel that this is bad for children, who then have to be looked after by an outside source during the day, such as a childminder or nursery school. As early childhood is the most precious time of a child's development, it is important that the mother or indeed the father should be there for that child and devote as much time as possible. By staying at home, mothers can ensure that their children have the best start in life, by giving them love and attention and turning away any future problems. On the contrary, many people believe that mothers should have as much choice and freedom as anyone else in society, so that they can decide what is best for their children. ...read more.

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Furthermore, playing with other children of a similar age is good for improving their social skills. Mothers who stay at home are known to benefit the whole society. Consequently, having more time, suggests that they are more likely to help out in the community or be a volunteer worker at a local organisation. Above all, they will also be more involved in their child's education, for instance, going to PTA meetings, helping out on school trips, or even going to mother and toddler groups. Mothers who stay at home are able to become fully involved in all these aspects of community life. Of course on the other hand, encouraging women to work increases the workforce, which significantly increases the exports and productivity of the country. Over time, this will also generate employment for even more people. Because the whole society benefits from giving children the best start in life, don't you think that the government should do more to allow more women to stay at home to look after their kids? After all, it is the most important time of their lives. ...read more.

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Some people also think that by focusing all the child's attention on the mother, it often neglects the role of the father or other family members. The father may not have as many opportunities in raising the child, therefore meaning the child may grow more attached to their mother. To conclude, I can say that I agree with both points of view. Personally, if I were to have children in the future, I would prefer to stay at home caring for my children, as I would like to spend as much time as possible with them and not miss out on the experience. Also, if you and your partner decided to have kids in the first place, I think that you should take full responsibility of them, instead of just handing them over to someone else to look after. I don't think this matter can be resolved, as I think that it should be the mother's own decision whether to look after her children or to earn her own living, as there are many different circumstances. After all, isn't the mother's right to live how she wants to? Shouldn't she be able to decide what is best for her life? ...read more.

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This is a very fair and balanced essay looking at whether or not the mother should stay at home to raise the children. The writer has looked at the different choices a mother has, as well as all the considerations she may have to take into account when making such a decision. The writer also looks at the different pressures when making such a decision. It is quite a basic essay with no references and with no real alternative perspective (for example, feminism/sociological) but it is succinct and to the point.

Marked by teacher Linda Penn 11/04/2013

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