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Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.


Generally speaking, I agree with the author that parents are indeed the best teachers. Below, i shall explore a few reasons as to why i agree with the author.

First of all, children always look up to their parents for appreciation or lambasting and they are like their heroes. A child’s mind is like clay. It molds to a shape corresponding to the type of cast that they receive. A few years back, when my nephew was born, i was so excited that i used to spend all my free time with him, at my sister’s place. Although i never interfered with her parenting, even though she was a single mother, i always watched her encourage and appreciate her child whenever he finished his jigsaw puzzle or when he completed his homework on time before supper and at the same time berate him whenever he stayed up late or not share his toys with his friends. Over the years, these little things led him to understand what is good and what is bad. Not only this, he inculcated pretty healthy habits too. One can easily imagine the result had he not been parented so well.

Secondly, some children are often recluse. They don’t open up easily in front of strangers even if that stranger is a teacher. This is a serious problem because if he or she does not understand a concept being taught in class, he or she is less likely to ask questions. This will seriously hamper the child’s development, as a whole. Here is where parents step in. Children are comfortable with and around their parents and they feel free to ask questions and they easily absorb their knowledge like a sponge. I remember when i was a child, i used to refrain from asking questions, in class, because of the fear that the teacher might ridicule me or scold me. At home, i was much relaxed around my father so i usually asked him my questions and he was such a wonderful teacher to me that even now i remember the things he taught me and the ways he made me understand. So in a way, parents are like teachers at home.

By way of conclusion, based on the arguments explored above, i believe parents are the best and the first teachers.

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