Posted by y912f on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 6:02pm.
I don't think you can prove 2, 3, 4, and 6 are absolutely true.
5 could be true or not -- maybe some hand-me-downs are from cousins.
What do you think?
The second statement would be hard to support because you'd need to clearly define what you mean by "better."
I doubt if there's any correlation between the number of children and higher education.
The only boy (or girl) in a family doesn't usually wear hand-me-downs.
"An only child has all the attention of his/her parents."
ALL the attention? I assume most parents are still busy with other things. At the same time, how is that an advantage?
"He/she is provided with better things"
"Since he/she is the future of the family, he/she is given the best of education"
In multi-child familiies, are the children considered the end of the family and not the future? Do you think parents of 3 children ignore the other children because they're bound to, just by simple odds, become successful?
"An only child does not have to start earning early, this way he/she can go for higher studies"
?? This one makes no sense.
"An only child doesn’t have to wear outgrown clothing from older siblings"
This might be the only point you have.
"He/she doesn’t have to share toys, books, computers, etc., with others"
That sounds more like a disadvantage to me. They don't learn that important social skill as easily and naturally.
"He/she usually has his/her own room"
Do you have research to support the idea that children from families with more children *USUALLY* do not have their own room?
The problem with the essay is that there is no real guide to what you mean by "more advantages." The fact is that each situation, whether it's a single or multi child household, has advantages and disadvantages. To quantify them, or even qualify them, is going to be difficult. A better position would be to write about what YOU enjoy about your situation or what YOU wish were different.
well, you've pretty much told me that all of them are useless..what should i write about then?
What assignment are you trying to fulfill?
Apparently your thesis statement is not logically defensible.
I'm guessing the assignment has to be based on your opinion:
-'Write a minimum (500)-word essay on one of the following topics:
a. How a person dresses reflects more than his or her taste in clothes
b. Learning to be responsible when still a child is hte best training for becoming a responsible adult
c. There was a turning point in my life when my whole attitude changed
d. Education should be a lifelong activity
e. Being an only child has more advantages than being one of several children in a family; or being one of several children in a family is better than being an only child.'
It takes more than opinion to write an essay. You need to search your experiences and formulate a logical thesis statement and then support it with facts, logical arguments, and personal experiences. You will probably also need to consult other sources to garner your necessary arguments.
I suggest you choose topics b, c, or d. Think about these topics and do a little research on them.
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