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Free Reading Comprehension 21


Free Reading Comprehension 21 - Bringing up Children

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Bringing up Children

Answer the questions according to the reading passage.

In bringing up children, every parent, regardless of ethnicity, income, education, or geographic location, watches eagerly the child's acquisition of each new skill. However, it is often tempting to hurry the child beyond his natural learning rate, which can set up dangerous feelings of failure and states of worry in the child. This might happen at any stage. A baby might be forced to use a toilet too early, a young child might be encouraged to learn to read before he knows the meaning of the words he reads. On the other hand, though, if a child is left alone too much, or without any learning opportunities, he loses his natural enthusiasm for life and his desire to find out new things for himself. Parents vary greatly in their degree of strictness towards their children. Some may be especially strict in money matters. Others are severed over times of coming home at night or punctuality for meals. In general, the controls imposed represent the needs of the parents and the values of the community as much as the child's own benefit.

1. According to the passage, in the process of children's learning new skills, parents ----.

A) must encourage them to read before they know the meaning of the
        words they read
B) should achieve a balance between pushing them too hard and leaving
        them on their own
C) never expect too much of their children
D) should create as many learning opportunities as possible for themselves
E) must exert strict control over the children


2. It is pointed out in the reading that ----.

A) parents should be strict with their children
B) parental controls reflect only the needs of the .parents and the values
        of the community
C) parents must maintain strict control over their children's pocket money
D) parents often enforce strict regulations on their children's eating habits
E) parental restrictions vary, and are not always enforced for the benefit
        of the children alone


3. As we understand from the passage, watching the child's acquisition of new skills ----.

A) sets up dangerous states of worry in the parents
B) is universal among parents
C) ensures the security of their children
D) will make him lose interest in learning new things
E) is what parenting is all about

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