“Parents can only give good advice or put them [children] on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank
Anne Frank is best renowned for her book which was published after her death, The Diary of a Young Girl. The book tells the story of her experiences in hiding out during the World War II. She was a very strong, determined and intelligent young girl. This quotation comes from her book and speaks of how all individuals ultimately decide and shape their lives and personas. Our parents try their best to discipline us and advise us on what is good or bad so we can stay on the right track. They are always there to make sure we are doing the right thing and that we learn from our mistakes. Sometimes we get upset and we don’t quite understand why we are being yelled at or disciplined, and sometimes it even hurts our parents to yell at us. But, I like to think they do it for our own good, so that we turnout out to be good individuals. Ultimately, parents and the adults that surround us want us to become well rounded, and thus lead us to that path as Anne Frank states. The idea is that these kinds of tools are given to us, but we must use them to become the people we want to be.
They try their best while we are young to teach us good from bad and right from wrong but when we become young adults we start to make our own choices in life. I’m sure you can think of when you were little your parents would tell you not do something “because they said so.” I never liked those responses, but now I can appreciate that my parents were just trying to give me the tools to become a better person in society. We come at a point in our lives when we are old enough to decide for ourselves on what we want and what we should do. In this quotation, I believe Anne Frank is saying that there is only so much our parents can do for us. They advise us based on their experiences and beliefs, but in the end, we all make our own decisions and it’s in our discretion how we turn out. We decide ourselves who we become, and keep their thoughts in mind.
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