IELTS Writing: Having babies at an older age

Nowadays men and women in many countries decide to have babies at an older age. What are the reasons? What effects does this trend have on society and family life?

Nowadays, it seems to be an increasingly widespread problem that couples in many countries tend to delay becoming parents. And I think that their career plans and their financial situation are responsible for this phenomenon.

In the past, people got married at their early age, and consequently had babies soon. This is no longer the case. Due to the fact that having babies could affect their career development, now couples may choose career over parenthood. Therefore, less and less couples could give up their promising jobs for the sake of giving the babies full attention and care.

Another important factor contributing to this issue is that some couples suffer from severe financial condition so they have to wait until they can confidently afford the expenses. When living in a dissatisfying accommodation and struggling with food, a couple can not convince themselves to have their babies experience the same situation with them.

If this trend spreads to a wide range of society, a direct effect would be seen in the increase of the ageing population. As a result, the social care system may undergo tremendous pressure that forces the government to spend more money on the system, while other issues like national defence, may be postponed to tackle.

As for the family, on the other side, while the older parents might be benefited from lower pressure as they have stepped into a stable stage of their careers or they have survived financial crisis, the generation gap could be widened if the couples decide to have children in their late adulthood. Consequently the communication problems can grow bigger as the children grow older.

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Discussions — 20 Responses

  • simmo 09/06/2015 on 13:59

    could you please help write the new part 2 topic’ describe a picture or photograph in your family’ ( you should say: what is in the picture; where this picture is in your home; how this picture was taken; and explain why you think this picture is meaningful) I find it extremely difficult, THX

    • pirlo simmo 09/06/2015 on 15:52


      • Suman pirlo 23/06/2015 on 17:23

        Could you help me which tpic are coming in the my next exam writing or graph please send to me

  • Rimple 10/07/2015 on 19:38

    plz tell me about the writng task1 and 2 for general ielts test on 23 july

    • pirlo Rimple 12/07/2015 on 11:39

      Sorry, Rimple, currently the latest prediction is for July 11th. If you still want them, I can send them to your email.

  • Rimple 12/07/2015 on 23:59

    can u tell plz that this prediction will work on 23 july exam because i have exam that day.plz sir help me

    • pirlo Rimple 13/07/2015 on 07:38

      Actually the current prediction is almost the same as the one in July 23th, so you can use the prediction for your test.

  • Rimple 13/07/2015 on 20:25

    thank you sir

  • rimple 15/07/2015 on 00:28

    Plz describe it
    describe a time a child did somesomething that made you laugh
    when this happens
    who this child
    What tchild did
    explain why it was funny

  • paras 22/07/2015 on 20:57


  • paras 22/07/2015 on 20:59

    Can u prredict the writing topic of 13 August plzzz

    • pirlo paras 22/07/2015 on 21:40

      Hello, the prediction of the August 13th has not come out yet, the latest one is July 23rd, they are almost the same.

  • Sumati 15/11/2015 on 21:51

    Could you predit the writing topic for 21st november exam in India , please?

    • pirlo Sumati 16/11/2015 on 11:54

      Well, almost all the prediction are the same in the worldwide. So it’s unnecessary to find the particular predictions.

      • mamta pirlo 21/01/2016 on 00:58

        Plz give me some writing tips that are useful to high score

        • pirlo mamta 23/01/2016 on 19:25

          Please check here. thank you.

  • harwinder singh 11/01/2016 on 18:16

    Could you please tell me about the prediction of 14 jan 2016 exam

  • harwinder singh 11/01/2016 on 23:06

    Writing task2 and most imported cue cards plzzzzz am waiting for your reply

  • Ramana gill 12/01/2016 on 13:23

    could you tell me solution of to
    pic : A person who is older than you ? plzzzz Sir…