The Reading / Listening - Having Children - Level 4

Having children may be the key to happiness and a perfect family life. This image is true for some, but researchers say that children make parents happiest when they fly the nest - after they leave home. Researchers looked at data on the emotional wellbeing of 55,000 over 50-year-olds in Europe. They found that most parents were happier with life after their children left home. This could be because raising children is expensive and stressful.



A researcher said a reason for parents being happiest when their children leave home is the tables are turned - children support their parents. The researcher said parents suffer from less depression and are more positive about life. He said: "Children's roles as caregivers, providers of financial support or simply as a means of social contact might outweigh the negative aspects of parenthood." Healthy family relationships stop parents feeling lonely.

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    Having Children - Level 5 or  Having Children - Level 6

Sources
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/parenting/2019/08/20/empty-nest-parents-happier-when-kids-move-out-study-finds/2052323001/ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/children-happiness-study-parents-stress-money-christoph-becker-at-heidelberg-university-a9068926.html https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/children-happier-study-084040058.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the key to
  2. a perfect family
  3. when they fly the
  4. after they leave
  5. emotional
  6. most parents were happier
  7. after their children
  8. raising children is
  1. left home
  2. expensive
  3. home
  4. with life
  5. happiness
  6. life
  7. nest
  8. wellbeing

Paragraph 2

  1. a reason for parents
  2. the tables
  3. parents suffer from less
  4. more positive
  5. Children's roles as
  6. providers of financial
  7. the negative aspects
  8. stop parents feeling
  1. depression
  2. of parenthood
  3. caregivers
  4. lonely
  5. are turned
  6. about life
  7. support
  8. being happiest

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Having children may be the (1) ___________________ and a perfect family life. This image is (2) ___________________, but researchers say that children make parents happiest when they (3) ___________________ - after they leave home. Researchers looked (4) ___________________ the emotional wellbeing of 55,000 over 50-year-olds in Europe. They found that most parents were (5) ___________________ after their children left home. This could be because raising children is (6) ___________________.

A researcher said a (7) ___________________ being happiest when their children leave home is the (8) ___________________ - children support their parents. The researcher said parents (9) ___________________ depression and are more (10) ___________________. He said: "Children's roles as caregivers, providers of financial support or simply (11) ___________________ of social contact might outweigh the negative aspects of parenthood." Healthy family relationships stop (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Havingchildrenmaybethekeytohappinessandaperfectfamilylife.This
imageistrueforsome,butresearcherssaythatchildrenmakeparentsha
ppiestwhentheyflythenest-aftertheyleavehome.Researcherslooked
atdataontheemotionalwellbeingof55,000over50-year-oldsinEurop
e.Theyfoundthatmostparentswerehappierwithlifeaftertheirchildrenl
efthome.Thiscouldbebecauseraisingchildrenisexpensiveandstressf
ul.Aresearchersaidareasonforparentsbeinghappiestwhentheirchildr
enleavehomeisthetablesareturned-childrensupporttheirparents.Th
eresearchersaidparentssufferfromlessdepressionandaremorepositi
veaboutlife.Hesaid:"Children'srolesascaregivers,providersoffinanci
alsupportorsimplyasameansofsocialcontactmightoutweighthenegat
iveaspectsofparenthood."Healthyfamilyrelationshipsstopparentsfe
elinglonely.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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