Writing task 2:People nowadays tend to have children at older ages.

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Dec 28, 2020
People nowadays tend to have children at older ages.

Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

Nowadays, people tend to have children at older ages. People tend to make such a decision keeping its short term advantages in mind while ignoring its obvious long term disadvantages. In my opinion, however, the downsides of this trend outweigh its perceived advantages.

People, these days, opt to become parents at older ages citing multiple reasons. For one, people believe that they ought to be mature enough to raise a child and they claim that maturity comes with age. Moreover, they are reluctant to take up responsibility of bringing up a child while they are young because they want to enjoy life to the fullest while they can. For instance, travelling can be done carefree if a couple has not conceived yet. People also claim that one should become a parent after being financially settled in life and that is more likely to happen at an older age. While these advantages of conceiving late are truly present, the disadvantages of this trend overwhelmingly outweigh them.

Firstly, conceiving at an older age is more likely to lead to medical complications for the mother and the baby as well. For instance, older age mothers are more likely to give birth to babies with down syndrome and are also more likely to experience a miscarriage. Parents should, therefore, be aware of these risks of conceiving at an old age and its consequences and the repercussions of such a decision. Moreover, older parents are less likely to witness the birth of their grandchildren since they are more likely to have passed away by then. Furthermore, the energy and time that can be invested at a younger age on bringing up a child are also not available during older years when a person is busy at work and also low on energy. The longer time gap between parents and children will also hinder the parents' ability to relate with their children and their issues. They would find it difficult to understand the modern problems of their children. In addition to this, at retirement, a child in school would be a burden to the parents and all of this would be a result of an ill timed decision. In my opinion, the cons of having children at an older age and the pros of having children at a younger age should be enough to convince couples to become parents at an early age.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that the modern trend of having children at an older age has more disadvantages than advantages and couples should bear these disadvantages in mind while making such an important decision.


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Sep 23, 2020
' take up responsibility' should be 'take up the responsibility'.

That is the only obvious error I could find. I can't say I agree with your opinion, but you have done a good job with this essay, well done!