Should Parents Compare Their Children To Other Children?
Introduction It is common for parents to compare their child with a different child. They compare skills, hobbies, and even personalities. Some say that comparison helps a parent determine their child’s needs. However, others say it causes children stress and sadness.
Constructive Debater 1 Henry Parents should be able to compare their children. It is important for a parent to know how well their child is growing up compared to their friends. By looking at other children, parents will know if their children are developing properly. If their child is doing badly in school, but other children are doing well, then maybe their child needs more help. This way, parents can get their child more help and ensure that they do better. It is a parent’s job to make sure that their child will succeed in life.
Constructive Debater 2 Ashley Parents shouldn’t compare their children. Children are unique individuals, and they need time and space to discover themselves. If a parent is always comparing their son or daughter to other children, that child can feel pressured to become someone that they are not. This can make children very sad and create unnecessary stress for them. It can even ruin a child’s relationships with their parents because they might feel like they are letting down their parents by not being perfect. The worst thing a parent can do is compare their children to others.
Rebuttal Debater 1 Henry Parents must prepare their children for the future and competitive society that will only continue to intensify. When children become adults, society will compare them to other adults. If they are not good enough, then they will have a difficult time finding a job or even a husband or wife. If parents compare their children, then they can help teach them by showing them how to succeed in life. By comparing them, parents can push their children to work harder for a better future.
Rebuttal Debater 2 Ashley While it is important to do well in life, it should be more important to live a happy life. If we constantly compare children then we are not accepting their skills and talents. If a child is not good at math but is good at art, parents should encourage those interests. Not everyone needs to be good at math to become a good adult. Instead, parents should focus on what the child can do well instead of how well a child does compared to everyone else.
Judge’s Comments Preparing children for the future is an important part of a parent’s job. Henry showed how children need to be ready for a competitive future, and Ashley explained that we should encourage a child’s uniqueness. This was a difficult debate to judge, but Ashley had a stronger argument that focused on individualism. Therefore, Ashley wins.
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1. What is the debate about?
2. What do supporters say?
3. What do detractors say?
1. Do you think parents should compare their children?
2. How do you think a child can remain motivated if his parents don't compare him with someone else?
3. Do you believe that every single person is unique?