The Reading / Listening - Having Children - Level 5

People believe that having children is the key to happiness and a perfect family life. This image is true for some, but researchers say that in reality, children make parents happiest when they fly the nest - when they leave home. Researchers looked at data from a survey of 55,000 over 50-year-olds in Europe. The respondents were quizzed about their emotional wellbeing. They discovered that most parents were happier with life after their offspring had left home. Researchers say this could be because raising children creates financial worries, stress, tiredness and anxiety.



The lead researcher, Christoph Becker, concluded that a big reason for parents being happiest when their children leave home is the tables are turned and children provide more support to their parents. The parents suffer from less depression and are more positive about life. Regarding the role reversal in providing support, Mr Becker 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." He added that healthy family relationships stave off loneliness in ageing parents.

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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
  2. a perfect family
  3. when they fly
  4. Researchers looked at data
  5. quizzed about their emotional
  6. after their offspring
  7. raising children creates
  8. stress, tiredness
  1. wellbeing
  2. financial worries
  3. from a survey
  4. to happiness
  5. and anxiety
  6. life
  7. the nest
  8. had left home

Paragraph 2

  1. lead
  2. the tables
  3. parents suffer from less
  4. role
  5. providers of financial
  6. outweigh the negative
  7. healthy family
  8. stave
  1. relationships
  2. researcher
  3. support
  4. off loneliness
  5. depression
  6. reversal
  7. aspects
  8. are turned

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People believe that having children is the (1) ___________________ and a perfect family life. This image is true for some, but researchers say (2) ___________________, children make parents happiest when they (3) ___________________ - when they leave home. Researchers looked at data from a survey of 55,000 over 50-year-olds in Europe. The respondents were quizzed about (4) ___________________. They discovered that most parents were happier with life after (5) ___________________ left home. Researchers say this could be because raising children creates financial worries, stress, (6) ___________________.

The lead researcher, Christoph Becker, (7) ___________________ big reason for parents being happiest when their children leave home is the tables are turned and children (8) ___________________ to their parents. The parents suffer from (9) ___________________ are more positive about life. Regarding the (10) ___________________ providing support, Mr Becker said: "Children's roles as caregivers, providers of financial (11) ___________________ as a means of social contact might outweigh the negative aspects of parenthood." He added that healthy family relationships stave off loneliness (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Peoplebelievethathavingchildrenisthekeytohappinessandaperfectfa
milylife.Thisimageistrueforsome,butresearcherssaythatinreality,ch
ildrenmakeparentshappiestwhentheyflythenest-whentheyleaveh
ome.Researcherslookedatdatafromasurveyof55,000over50-year-
oldsinEurope.Therespondentswerequizzedabouttheiremotionalwell
being.Theydiscoveredthatmostparentswerehappierwithlifeafterthei
roffspringhadlefthome.Researcherssaythiscouldbebecauseraisingc
hildrencreatesfinancialworries,stress,tirednessandanxiety.Thelead
researcher,ChristophBecker,concludedthatabigreasonforparentsbe
inghappiestwhentheirchildrenleavehomeisthetablesareturnedandc
hildrenprovidemoresupporttotheirparents.Theparentssufferfromles
sdepressionandaremorepositiveaboutlife.Regardingtherolereversal
inprovidingsupport,MrBeckersaid:"Children'srolesascaregivers,pro
vidersoffinancialsupportorsimplyasameansofsocialcontactmightou
tweighthenegativeaspectsofparenthood."Headdedthathealthyfamil
yrelationshipsstaveofflonelinessinageingparents.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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