The Reading / Listening - Older Mothers - Level 2

New research says that children of older mothers grow up to be happier. It also says children will have fewer behavioural, social and emotional problems. Researchers from a university in Denmark looked at data from 4,741 mothers. The lead researcher said we are, "more mentally flexible" and more tolerant of others as we get older. He said this could be why older mothers do not scold and hit their children as much as younger mothers. He added that, "this style of parenting can [lead] to a positive psycho-social environment" as the child grows up.



The research said the average age of the mothers when pregnant was 31. Older mothers worry less during pregnancy. They are usually happier and more positive about becoming parents and about children. This may mean they are more caring. Older mothers also have more stable relationships; they have more money; and they have a better education. Researchers also found that children with older mothers have better language skills than those with younger mothers. This may be because older mothers spend more time with their children and talk to them more.

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Sources
  • http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20170323/older-mothers-may-raise-better-behaved-kids-study-suggests
  • http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17405629.2016.1266248?journalCode=pedp20
  • http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170323/Children-born-to-older-mothers-are-at-an-advantage-report-researchers.aspx


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. children of older mothers
  2. emotional
  3. looked at data
  4. more tolerant
  5. He said this could be
  6. scold and
  7. a positive psycho-social
  8. as the child grows
  1. why
  2. environment
  3. problems
  4. up
  5. of others
  6. grow up to be happier
  7. hit their children
  8. from 4,741 mothers

Paragraph 2

  1. the average age of the mothers when
  2. Older mothers worry less during
  3. more positive about becoming
  4. This may mean they are more
  5. stable
  6. they have a better
  7. have better language
  8. older mothers spend more time
  1. education
  2. parents
  3. skills
  4. relationships
  5. pregnancy
  6. pregnant was 31
  7. with their children
  8. caring

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New research says that (1) ___________________ mothers grow up to be happier. It also says children (2) ___________________ behavioural, social and emotional problems. Researchers from a university in Denmark (3) ___________________ from 4,741 mothers. The lead researcher said we are, "more mentally flexible" and more (4) ___________________ as we get older. He said this could be why older mothers do not (5) ___________________ their children as much as younger mothers. He added that, "(6) ___________________ parenting can [lead] to a positive psycho-social environment" as the child grows up.

The research said (7) ___________________ of the mothers when pregnant was 31. Older mothers worry (8) ___________________ pregnancy. (9) ___________________ happier and more positive about becoming parents and about children. This may mean they are more caring. Older mothers also have more stable relationships; they have more money; and they (10) ___________________ education. Researchers also found that children with older mothers have better (11) ___________________ than those with younger mothers. This may be because older mothers spend more time with their children (12) ___________________ more.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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alsosayschildrenwillhavefewerbehavioural,socialandemotionalprob
lems.ResearchersfromauniversityinDenmarklookedatdatafrom4,74
1mothers.Theleadresearchersaidweare,"morementallyflexible"and
moretolerantofothersaswegetolder.Hesaidthiscouldbewhyoldermot
hersdonotscoldandhittheirchildrenasmuchasyoungermothers.Head
dedthat,"thisstyleofparentingcan[lead]toapositivepsycho-socialen
vironment"asthechildgrowsup.Theresearchsaidtheaverageageofth
emotherswhenpregnantwas31.Oldermothersworrylessduringpregn
ancy.Theyareusuallyhappierandmorepositiveaboutbecomingparent
sandaboutchildren.Thismaymeantheyaremorecaring.Oldermothers
alsohavemorestablerelationships;theyhavemoremoney;andtheyha
veabettereducation.Researchersalsofoundthatchildrenwitholdermo
thershavebetterlanguageskillsthanthosewithyoungermothers.This
maybebecauseoldermothersspendmoretimewiththeirchildrenandta
lktothemmore.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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