Writing an Academic Essay about Mother

Mothers feature in all our lives. Usually, I prefer my mother to stay at home. Lately, she turned up in one of my essays. My teacher told the class to write an academic essay about the role of mothers in the family unit. If you haven’t guessed, this was in my sociology class. Like most, I’ve never tackled an essay about mother before, but here are some of the tricks I picked up from the experience.

Use Your Experience


Whilst my tutor told me my essay about mother had to take an academic stance, this doesn’t mean personal experience shouldn’t come into play. I needed to think about the role of my mother in my family unit. It doesn’t mean you can fixate on this, but it’s a good starting point.

It’s also a good thing to use for comparing with other types of families, such as lesbian families and families with single mothers.

Combine Sociologists


When you’re told to complete an academic essay, you have to use evidence from professional sociologists. I’m wary about using purely personal experience to illustrate the point. Make sure you’re leading with hard evidence which has been accredited by other experts in the field.

Sociological Theory



Sociological theory should form the basis of your overall argument. You aren’t trying to prove single mothers are any worse at raising a family than one with two parents by telling them about life before and after a divorce.

Take a sociological argument, and all the associated theories, and start from here. It’s easy to come up with your own theories and arguments, but this isn’t the purpose of this exercise. Don’t create another debate. Join an already existing one in an essay about mother.

Judging from the marks in my class, teachers seem to prefer it this way.
Inspired by this essay article.
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