IELTS Writing: some ideas about the “family” topics

Here is the most recent IELTS writing question:

In many countries today, people in cities either live alone or in small family units, rather than in large, extended family groups. Is this a positive or negative trend? 

When you are asked a "positive or negative development" type question, you could have either a "balanced" opinion, or "strong" opinion. If you have a "strong" opinion, then you must spend every idea to defend your opinion, and ignore the other side. For instance, if you think this is a positive trend, then all the ideas in your body paragraphs could be explained why it is a positive development. DO NOT discuss the negative side.

Some ideas about this topic:

Negative side:
• The nuclear family unit could isolate people from other relatives and relationships.
• One of the parents, particularly the mother, is the cook, maid, babysitter and sometimes, breadwinner.
• They may have a tendency to burn out from attempting to meet every person's needs alone.
• That leaves little time for pampering and nurturing herself/himself and her/his relationships with others.
• Stress, depression, anxiety or other problems can all be a result of nuclear family burnout.
• This can break down the extended family unit, which can be beneficial in hard times.
• Parents from nuclear families may struggle to balance the demands of work, family and friendships without any outside assistance.
• *Extended family, with differing opinions and ideas, can help families see alternate viewpoints and learn to effectively deal with conflicts and opinions other than their own.

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IELTS Writing: some ideas about the human race copying each other

The tendency of human race copying each other is shown in the popularity of fashion in clothes and other consumer products. To what extend do you agree or disagree?

When I read the topic, it took me a while to understand the question. As most, if not all people would agree that, many people from all over the world do copy other people’s work or ideas. I think the majority do copy, whereas, the minority don’t. They are classified as leaders. They set the scene and tone and are recognized as industry leaders and trend setters. The others, that is, competitors or followers, would need to emulate their ideas to keep up with the pace or risk falling behind which means loss of profit, growth, market share, sales, opportunities etc. 

In other words, I would say that I 'partly agree' with this opinion. Here are some ideas:

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