I'm having trouble with my introduction or hook  for my essay about how much pressure parents put their kids through.  please help

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Perhaps you should start with a sort of human interest approach by giving an example of a student who was pressured way too much by his parents.  Here's an example:  Kayla is first chair in band at my school.  She plays the flute brilliantly, and everyone, including the band director, believes she can get an amazing scholarship.  There is just one small problem, though.  Kayla absolutely loathes playing the flute. Every time she opens up her case, she feels like she dies a little more inside, but--her parents adore all of the recognition and attention she receives.  Even though she has asked them many times to quit band, they always guilt-trip her into staying in the program...

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