Class 11

Speaking of Children

-Barbara Holland

Speaking of children

Speaking of Children’ is written by Barbara Holland. In this essay, the essayist highlights the merits of child and demerits of multiple children. By showing the demerits of multiple children, she advocates child.

This essay delightfully and critically examines the idea of having more than one child and the consequent expenses of parents. The entire essay centres round the issue of having a single child is far better than to have many. The essayist goes on arguing the possible difficulties and disasters which the parents have to bear if a house is filled with many children. She has raised the burning issues of overpopulation that has further generated series of challenges and risks to the living beings of the present world.

The essay begins with a humble statement ‘one child is an appendage and more than one is a way of life’ The statement genuinely implies that single child is like our body and we can attach him or her in our body and we can carry whenever we go or whatever our circumstances may be. But having many children in the house is certainly a matter of burden. It is obvious that it is quite hard for the parents to provide proper care and affection equally for their all children consequently the children are deprived of good education, proper health care and other facilities, which are the key components for the overall development of children’s personality. Moreover they disturb the privacy between husband and wife without letting them chances of private talk related to their job, income, business and their experiences of their duty and so on. In a sense they need to be worried all the time for their future prospects as well as to satisfy their unsuitable demands of hunger and enjoyment. The essayist minutely examines some other dark sides in this regard like they make their house dirty, create unnecessary noise, and make wounds in their body, which ultimately goes in the hands of parents.

The only child was a much rarer phenomenon even twenty or thirty years ago. It was seldom a case of choosing to have just one child. Then, only children tended to be shy, over-protected and socially withdrawn. They were often the offspring of older or infertile couples at a time when the average age for having a first child was in one’s twenties. Parents of only children no longer have to worry about their child being lonely or at a social disadvantage. Mobility and the resources to support an active social life have put an end to that only children have friends to stay over on a regular basis and at school they have no problem fitting in and making new friends. Many of their classmates are also only children.

According to the essayist, fewer children: more space; more space: more facility; more facility: more happiness. In the environment of fewer children, one or two, there is peace, privacy and joy in the family. There is no any interruption. All kinds of provisions are facilitated in upbringing of children. Preferable environment is always found around. Therefore, child spacing is very important for a happy family life.

There are so many disadvantages of having many children. Tired parents do not have peace, privacy and rest. House becomes a nursery school. Children play all kinds of games in the rooms. Toys and dirty things are scattered everywhere. Parents can’t think of going to some places for own entertainment. They have to follow the children. Children’s tastes and entertainments are preferred. Because of the plural children, parents have introduction with many guardians. Guardians have hardly any chance of  the phone calls are for their children or their own calls are received by the naughty children. Much expenditure is on food, education and other things. Yet there is no right profit of the There can’t be good academic environment. Parents have unnecessary burden. They are untimely old and tired. They are usually fed up of life.

Eventually, the essayist make makes an appeal to the readers so as to make us aware of in time from committing such blunder she strongly suggests us to have a single child for the happiness and prosperity.

Of my life Every details and illustrations are quite prescriptive in nature that intends us to be aware of such mistakes. speaking of children is quite funny, humorous, informative in quality and filled with various fragments.

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