Having Children Later in Life Essay

This is an essay on having children later in life.

It is on causes (or 'reasons') and effects. You have to explain why men and women are deciding to have children later on in their life, and then explain how this can impacts those families and society.

As always, you should read the question carefully to make sure that you don't miss out any of the tasks that you need to address.

You should spend at least a few minutes doing this at the start of the test before you start to brainstorm your ideas and write.

This is the question:

Many men and women are making the decision to have children later in life.

Why is this trend occurring?

What are the impacts of this development on both family and society?

This is what you must cover in your essay:

  • Why families may be delaying childbirth
  • How his can impact families
  • How it can impact society

There are several ways that you could organise your essay but you want to make sure it is logical and that you write enough on each task.

You could write one paragraph on the causes and another on the impacts. Or you could write one paragraph on each task - one for the causes, one for the impacts on families, and one for the impact on society.

In the sample essay below, the first pattern has been followed.

Now take a look at the model essay.




Model Essay

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Many men and women are making the decision to have children later in life.

Why is this trend occurring?

What are the impacts of this development on both family and society?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.

Write at least 250 words.


Essay on having a family later in life - Model Answer

In the past, it was a natural step that a couple would get married fairly young, and then start a family. However, this is no longer the case and the delaying of childbirth is becoming very common. This essay will consider the reasons for this trend and the possible effects on families and society.

The driving force behind this trend is changing employment patterns. As more women have pursued an education and entered the workforce, they tend to marry later and have children later in their life. This is unavoidable in many cases because women cannot combine family and work well due to costly childcare. Another factor is all the other opportunities available to everyone. For example, many men and women choose to travel around the world or take the chance to work in another country, thus delaying settling down.

There are a number of possible impacts on families and society. Firstly, with regards to families, it can be more difficult for older women to get pregnant and they may experience more health problems, such as a miscarriage, high blood pressure or diabetes, during pregnancy. Also, the parents may find the whole experience of bringing up children more tiring if they are older. In one respect it may be positive for society because if people are choosing to work for longer, a country will have a productive workforce. On the negative side though, in the long-term falling fertility rates will mean an aging population with a lack of young people to work and take care of the elderly.

In conclusion, there are several reasons that people are having children later in life, and this can have a number of impacts, both positive and negative. Given the fact that society continues to change, this trend is likely to continue well into the future.

(302 words)






Comments

This essay on having children later in life would score highly in the IELTS test for the following reasons.

The Task

The essay addresses all three parts that are referred to in the question - the reasons and the impacts on families and society.

Evidence and support is provided for all three points, so all parts of the task are fully covered.

Coherency and Cohesion

The essay is well-organised as each paragraph has a central idea. One body paragraph explains the causes and the other discusses the impacts.

The ideas are all easy to follow and paragraphs and sentences are linked together well.

Vocabulary

There is a good range of vocabulary and some evidence of less common vocabulary and phrases that shows the writer has a good command of the English language.

For example:

  • natural step
  • driving force
  • combine family and work
  • with regards to families
  • In one respect

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

The grammar is very accurate, and there is evidence of a wide range of complex sentences.

For example:

  • As more women have pursued an education and entered the workforce, they tend to marry later and have children later in their life
  • Also, the parents may find the whole experience of bringing up children more tiring if they are older.
  • Given the fact that society continues to change, this trend is likely to continue well into the future.


 

› Children Later in Life Essay

 

 

New! Comments

Any questions or comments about this page or about IELTS?

Post your comment here.

New! Comments

Any questions or comments about this page or about IELTS?

Post your comment here.

Further samples:

Model Essay 1
Information Technology
agree / disagree

Model Essay 2
Advertising
agree / disagree

Model Essay 3
Alternative Medicine
agree / disagree

Model Essay 4
University Education
discuss two opinions

Model Essay 5
Reducing Crime
discuss two opinions

Model Essay 6
Spending on the Arts
agree / disagree

Model Essay 7
Youth Crime
causes & solutions

Model Essay 8
Traffic Problems
advantages & disadvantages

Model Essay 9
Overpopulation
problems & solutions

Model Essay 10
Child Obesity
causes & effects

Model Essay 11
Human Cloning
agree / disagree

Model Essay 12
Animal Rights
discuss two opinions

Model Essay 13
Protecting Old Buildings
opinion

Model Essay 14
Animal Testing
For & Against

Model Essay 15
Food Additives
advantages & disadvantages

Model Essay 16
Social Interaction & the Internet
agree / disagree

Model Essay 17
Skin Whitening Creams
causes & effects

Model Essay 18
Global Warming
causes & solutions

Model Essay 19
Airline Tax
agree / disagree

Model Essay 20
Free University Education
agree / disagree

Model Essay 21
Computer Games
advantages / disadvantages / solutions

Model Essay 22
Scientific Research
agree / disagree

Model Essay 23
Banning Smoking
agree / disagree

Model Essay 24
Family Size
causes & effects

Model Essay 25
Stress
causes & solutions

Model Essay 26
Employing older people
agree / disagree

Model Essay 27
Family Closeness
causes / advantages / disadvantages

Model Essay 28
Paying Attention in Class
causes & solutions

Model Essay 29
Fear of Crime
your views

Model Essay 30
Child Development
discuss two opinions

Model Essay 31
Diet & Health
discuss two opinions

Model Essay 32
Vegetarianism
agree / disagree

Model Essay 33
Living Alone
causes / advantages / disadvantages

Model Essay 34
Childcare
discuss two opinions

Model Essay 35
Museums & Historical Places
causes and solutions

Model Essay 36
Having Children Later in Life
causes and effects

Model Essay 37
Competing for Jobs
problems and solutions

Model Essay 38
Paying Taxes
agree / disagree

Model Essay 39
Exams or Assessment
agree / disagree

Model Essay 40
International Travel & Prejudice 
causes and solutions

Model Essay 41
Community Service Essay 
advantages & disadvantages


 




Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure. I promise to use it only to send you Updates to IELTS buddy.