3773 Layout: When Children Behave Badly

Should parents be responsible if their children behave badly?

This essay is an example of 3773 layout. The essay is in favor of the question above- it wants parents to be responsible if their children commit crimes.


Present situation Many crimes and social problems are caused by children.Despite the damage these teenage criminals cause, parents are not held responsible in most countries.
What this essay will do (Thesis
This essay will discuss whether parents should be forced to pay for their children’s crimes.

Paragraph 2: Against
Topic Sentence There are many reasons why parents should not be responsible for crimes committed by teenage children.
Reason 1: Independence First of all, teenagers today are independent. They often move out of the parent’s house at 18 years of age or younger. They are expected to
learn to take care of themselves and make their own decisions, and not stay like small children attached to their parents.
Reason 2: Parents working Secondly, parents are working. They cannot watch their adolescent
children all the time.
Reason 3: Parents have done their job A third point is that even children from good families can sometimes commit crimes. Parents should not be responsible if they have worked hard
to raise their children properly.

Paragraph 3: For
Topic Sentence However, because of the many problems young troublemakers cause, I feel we should make parents responsible.
Reason 1: Lack of Parental Control Firstly, most juvenile crimes are committed by adolescents whose parents do not care or make any effort to control their children. If
parents had to pay fines, they might make more effort.
Reason 2: Children not mature Another point is that even though the children may seem mature, they are not really able to make good decisions. Parents should be responsible
for raising and teaching their children until they are fully grown.
Reason 3: Children will think Furthermore, if children know that their parents will have to pay, they will think carefully before doing getting into trouble


In summary, there are good reasons both for and against making parents pay for acts committed by their children.

Future/ Personal Opinion However, I feel strongly that if we want to reduce the number of such crimes, we need to make parents take more responsibility.

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