"Nowadays parents are too permissive with their children." Do you agree or disagreewith this statement?
Today, few people would defend the traditional attitude to children. If you recall whathappened in old days, you would be astonished at the severe and strict education forchildren, for instance, old-fashioned spanking was common punishment for children. As a result, while the parents thus established their own authority, the poor children would never recoverfrom the dreadful traumatic experience when they grew up.
However, as you know, things often go to extremes. Nowadays, parents' confidence in theirown authority has been greatly undermined. Countless articles in magazines and newspapersand tv programmes publicize childcare. When so much over-enthusiastic advice flying about, mum and dad just don't know what to do any more. In the end, they do nothing.
So from early childhood, the kids are in charge and parents' lives are regulated according tothe needs of their off spring. When the little dears develop into teenagers, they take completecontrol. If the young people are going to have a party, for example, parents are asked to leavethe house. Their presence merely spoils the fun. What else can the poor parents do but obey?
In my mind, a child certainly needs love, and a lot of it. But the excessive pe rmissiveness ofmodern parents is surely doing more harm than good. The spread of juvenile delinquency islargely due to parental laxity. Mother, believing that her little baobao can look after himself, isnot at home when he returns f rom school, so little baobao roams the street. The dividing-linebetween permissiveness and sheer negligence is very fine indeed.
·severe and strict education for children
* children's dreadful experience
·things often go to extremes
* parents' authority unde rmined
* over-enthusiastic child care
* parents'life regulated according to children's needs
* excessive permissiveness and sheer negligence — a fine dividing line
本文是一篇议论文。显然作者的观点是认同这一说法的。文章以对比的手法将早先对待小孩的传统教育方式作为铺衬，然后以一句“however, things often go to extremes.”为转折，将话题导入主题“nowadays parents are too permissive with their children.”例证真实而生动，有较强的说服力。最后一段是作者的观点和评论。本文逻辑性强，层次分明，读来统一而连贯。
permissive (ness) a.(n.) 随意(的) ，放纵(的)
be astonished at 对……感到吃惊
spank (ing) v.(n.) 打屁股
traumatic a. 受到创伤的
things often go to extremes. 事情往往会走向极端
undermine v. 瓦解
regulate v. 调节
offspring n. 儿女
dear n. 亲爱的人
obey v. 服从
juvenile delinquency 青少年犯罪
parental laxity 父母的疏忽
roam v. 游荡
sheer negligence 完全忽视
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