Some people think children have the freedom to make mistakes, while other people believe that adults should prevent children from making mistakes. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
2021.8.7雅思大陆考场大作文，教育类话题，OGE雅思教研团队 Tessa 提供范文与文章解析。
Raising children involves trust and confidence. Some people think that children should have the freedom to make mistakes, whereas others believe adults should prevent children from making mistakes. This essay will discuss the opposing sides and offer my own opinion.
It is understandable that parents want to keep their children safe from harm. By stopping their child from doing so, they keep them protected from danger and out of harm’s way. Furthermore, adults can reduce the effect of further bad consequences. For instance, by forbidding their child to drink alcohol, they not only stop them from being intoxicated, but also obstructany subsequent repercussions, such as physical or sexual harm by others and loss of property or money. Moreover, this means children will be less likely to have regrets about their past actions, reducing the risk of loss of self-esteem or confidence.
However, I believe parents should allow their children to make mistakes. Firstly, doing so helps children to build resilience. This is the ability to recover from a setback, and helps them to develop the valuable characteristic of growing from failures. Secondly, it teaches them responsibility. By making mistakes, children are able to see the consequences of their actions, and can learn to be better prepared for the future. Additionally, they learn decision-making skills. Making a mistake helps to understand how their decisions impact situations and other people. This helps to develop their thought process and grow in wisdom. Lastly, making errors teaches them about themselves. It helps a child to identify what motivates them intrinsically, and what their strengths and weaknesses are.
Making mistakes is an essential part of life and one that each of us can learn from. It teaches us about ourselves, others and how to best avoid mistakes in the future.
I first brainstormed reasons for and against and listed them. I then researched articles that discussed this issue for more information. I used articles from The Guardian, CNN and the BBC. I also researched articles on parenting websites to see what their advice was.
· Reasons to prevent
· Safety and prevention of harm
· Less regret re bad decisions
· Bad consequences – the initial consequence and further repercussion
· Maintain good self-esteem
Reasons to allow
· Builds resilience- the ability to recover from a setback
· Responsibility – they see the consequences from their mistakes
· Learn decision-making skills – learn how their decisions impact a situation
· Learn about themselves – it helps to identify what motivates them intrinsically
I decided the first paragraph would focus on the reasons why children should be prevented from making mistakes. I decided to chose three points from my brainstorming.
Safety and prevention of harm
Less regret which also helps with self esteem
Protection from consequences both now and in the future
In the second paragraph I decided to state my opinion (that they should be allowed to make mistakes) and then discuss the reasons for, from my brainstorming. I used all four bullet points in this paragraph.
(Tessa 在最后一段说了犯错误在人生中的积极意义– 生活中无法避免会犯错误，从错误中了解自己和他人，学会如何更好的避免将来的错误）
Key words and phrases used for research
pros and cons of making mistakes
learning from mistakes
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