"A family with no children is not
a family at all." Discuss.
by Liow Xuan Rong
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Your argument shows consideration of the values a family
should have. how can this be linked to the other group
members' arguments, especially those in favor of the
DISAGREE - PRINCIPLE PURPOSE OF MARRIAGE There are different forms of family units and families may not necassarily have
to be created in the form of a nuclear family, where children are required to make the unit complete. The essence of marriage is
unconditional love and mutual care, and by default, this form of care and kinship should transcend into the pages of their lives
regardless of the presence of children. Marriage represents the union of a pair of lovebirds and the joy of marriage is what keeps a
family unit strong, ensuring that both sides of a couple will look out for one another, which is what an ideal family should be about.
Hence, the ideal family should have qualities which include mutual understanding and trust, sense of belonging and identity, and above
all, warmth; and any family who possesses these attributes irregardless of the presence of children should be proudly identified as one.
Thus, it is unfounded to claim that a family with no children is not a family at all. Ying
THESIS STATEMENT: The conventions of society often compel us to believe that children are
important assets to a family. However as the post-modernisation era takes prevalence, more
married couples are putting aside plans for having children. This challenges the social norm, and
fuels us to wonder if a family with no children is still considered a family. However, it is my conviction
that a family without children is indeed, no family at all.
CONCLUSION: In essence, I believe that children are the cardinal axle in a family -
the ones who fulfil societal conventions of a family and complete the family itself.
Without children, beliefs pertaining to family are compromised. The idea of a family,
one of the pillars of society, would then be disrupted, eroding the social-makeup of
society. Hence, I staunchly believe that family with no children is never a family