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IELTS Writing Task 2 - Pressure On Children (Two-part Question)

Updated: Mar 18

Parents are putting a lot of pressure on their children to succeed. 

What are the reasons for this? Is it a positive or negative development? (24/02/2024)


Nowadays, many children are under significant parental pressure to succeed in various aspects of life. This essay is an attempt to explain the rationales behind this phenomenon and to argue that it is a negative development.

Several factors might contribute to the increased pressure from parents on their children. Firstly, in many cultures, there is a prevailing notion  that success, often narrowly defined in terms of academic or career achievements, is crucial for a fulfilling life. For instance, in countries like South Korea and China, where academic success is highly estimated, parents may push their children relentlessly  to excel  in school, often resorting to  strict study schedules and extra classes . Secondly, in today's competitive job market, most parents recognize the importance of academic and professional success for their children's financial security. This perception often leads, for example, parents from lower-income backgrounds to exert huge pressure on  their children to succeed and escape the cycle of poverty.

Although the constant pressure from parents on their children is justifiable, I argue that its detrimental effects  make it a negative development in current life. For one thing, many studies have shown a correlation between  parental pressure and psychological distress  among children, highlighting the adverse impacts of excessive pressure on their mental and physical well-being. Furthermore, the significant parental pressure can strain  the parent-child relationship, leading to communication barriers and feelings of resentment . These family conflicts have indeed become more prevalent in recent years when children decide to give up on their study or even rebel against  their parents in opposition to  overwhelmingly high parental expectations.

In conclusion, the increased parental pressure on children to succeed academically and professionally often stems from  social expectations and economic considerations, which presents an adverse development in contemporary life due to its harmful effects on children’s well-being and family relationships.



  • a prevailing notion (n) = một quan niệm phổ biến

  • push sb relentlessly to do sth (phrase) = không ngừng thúc đẩy ai đó làm việc gì đó

  • excel (v) = đạt thành tích xuất sắc 

  • extra class (phrase) = lớp học thêm  

  • resort to sth (phrasal verb) = phải sử dụng đến, phải viện đến (một giải pháp cuối cùng)

  • exert huge pressure on sb (phrase) = gây áp lực lớn cho ai đó 

  • detrimental effects (phrase) = những tác động tiêu cực

  • a correlation between A and B (phrase) = mối tương quan giữa A và B

  • psychological distress (phrase) = rối loạn tâm lý 

  • strain (v) = làm căng thẳng 

  • feelings of resentment (phrase) = cảm giác bất mãn 

  • rebel against sb / sth (phrase) = chống đối ai đó / cái gì đó 

  • in opposition to sth (phrase) = để phản đối việc gì đó 

  • stem from sth (phrasal verb) = bắt nguồn từ cái gì đó 



Personal opinion: Parents putting a lot of pressure on their children to succeed is a negative development

Body 1: The reasons why parents are putting a lot of pressure on their children to succeed

  • Many cultures believe that success in school and work is essential for a happy life (e.g. In South Korea and China, parents usually push their children to excel in school because academic achievements are highly valued there)

  • In today's competitive job market, parents understand that success in school and work is crucial for their children's financial stability → those from lower-income backgrounds often pressure their children to succeed and escape poverty

Body 2: The negative impacts of such a phenomenon + my personal opinion

  • Many studies have found that when parents put too much pressure on their children, it can lead to mental and physical problems for them

  • The pressure from parents can harm the relationship between parents and children – communication may become difficult, and children may feel angry or upset towards their parents


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