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Academic English

“Raising Successful Children”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult children man – woman 07:13

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are the greatest challenges in raising children in the world we live in today? What types of conflict occur within families (between siblings, and between children and parents)? What are three things parents and children can do to improve family relationships?


“drive someone nuts/crazy” = make someone feel angry
My kids sometimes drive me nuts when they leave the house a mess.”

“leave the nest” = leave your parents home and start living independently
Many kids aren’t financially ready to leave the nest when they turn 18 years old.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

Discuss what it was like to grow up in your family in terms of how your parents raised you? What kinds of rules did your family have? Did you think they were fair at the time? Has your opinion on these rules changed as you have gotten older? Do you think that children are harder or easier to raise in today’s world as compared to life when your parents or grandparents were growing up? Explain.

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