Argumentative essay - How a child gains the ability to hold an argument based on lifestyle

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A child develops the ability, or lack there of, on how to argue at an early stage in life, which is influenced by family members while a child is growing up. Depending on how argumentative a child's' parents were growing up can have a strong impact on how that child may argue as an adult. Some parents teach their children never to argue or talk back to an elder, or anyone else for that matter, because it is considered rude. These parents may also not like the idea of arguing, and therefore the child is not exposed to much debate, causing them to lack argumentative skills as an adult. On the other hand, some parents may argue over anything and everything, and the youth is influenced by his or her parents behaviour, and so it may seem that it comes naturally to them.

A person learns at a young age how to argue and get their way, and then subconsciously, (or consciously), they stick to what has worked in the past in order to get their way once more.

A child will scream and shout until they get what they want, and if this works, they will continue to do so until they learn how to be persuasive in order to obtain something. Some children are extremely believable, so they can convince anyone to do anything for them, and that may be because their parents are teaching them how to manipulate people, or they just seem to have a knack to strongly influence others. For example, a youth and his mother are in a store picking out an item, the child wants one thing, but the mother will not allow it, causing the child to throw a fit and yell. Some mothers would give in a buy the item to...