Thank you very very much Kitos,
Fatherhood ought to be emphasized as much as motherhood. Do you agree or disagree?
There is an old saying that “Men make homes, women make houses”. So it has been widely believed for thousands of years now that fathers are supporters for the whole families, whilst mothers take the responsibility of raising children. However, because children need to receive equal attention from parents to develop into well balanced, rational adults, I thereby reckon that it is imperative to attach importance to fatherhood as much as to motherhood.
First, both parents play a determining factor in shaping their children’s characteristics. Mothers help children get into good habit of doing household chores daily, being organized in every task done, keeping their own rooms neat and tidy, and so forth. It is also Mothers who teach children about affection. Being well aware of the tender, loving care of Mothers, children become more thoughtful and considerate of others’ feelings. Fathers, who are always heroes to both sons and daughters, give them the lessons of good personalities too. Thanks to Fathers’ examples, the son has the bravery to defend himself as well as his friends against danger, and the daughter gets the strength to overcome her fear and cowardice . Contrary to Mothers’ approaches, Fathers are often more strict and severe, but it is through these rules and regulations that children learn their lessons of being disciplined and responsible.
Second, both parents bring children a well-rounded development. From Fathers, children know how to do some simple repairs to help Mothers out during the absence of Fathers. Fathers are also those who give children lots of useful advice about things related to schools and competitions among friends. That is they must be honest in exams, confidently compete with their peers, or fairly play at some sports, etc. Meanwhile, through Mothers, children are good at household tasks, then they can fend for themselves even when parents are not by their sides. While Fathers teach children about fighting with friends, Mothers offer children sound solutions to resolve friendship fallout, to save an intimate friendship or to deal with some bad guys.
On the whole, although the roles of parents in the upbringing of their children are somehow different, the significance of both are the same, and then should be equally valued.
TOEFL listening lectures: A lecture from a social sciences class (3)