TOEFL Essay Topic 46 - What are the important qualities of a good son or daughter? Have these qualities changed or remained the same over time in your culture? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
I am a good daughter!
The qualities of a good son and daughter differ according to culture and social values. Cultures always change and their qualities, undoubtedly, change along with them. Sometime, good things consider bad or unacceptable years later, but this fact resists about the qualities of good son and daughter. I am a half Nigerian and half Iraqi and farther more I lived the best part of my life in Saudi Arabia. Thus I was exposed to three different cultures. I, however, noticed that there are three qualities that have never changed. Obedience, perseverance and gratefulness are qualities which good son and daughter should distinguished by.
First and foremost, a good son and daughter is the one who listen to his parents. Obedience does not mean to abolish your personality. However, parents have right that you listen to what they tell you. That right has been given to them since the first day of your born. They advocated their lives to make your life better. Their long lives gave them the experience and knowledge that you might need to go on in life. For examples, many sons and daughters have fallen in avoidable problems that can be avoided if they turn to their parents at the first place.
Another quality that should be taken in consideration for a good son and daughter is perseverance. Perseverance is one of the most desired qualities which many parents strive to see their children marked by. This quality is very important for success in life. Thomas Edison, for examples, is the great inventor who invented the light lamb. He tried 1000 times before his invention saw the light. His achievement largely attribute to the quality of perseverance.
Finally, gratefulness is one of the greatest qualities that a good son and daughter should hold. They should appreciate the sacrifices that their parents had in order to save their children those troubles and provide them a good life and education. I, for examples, would not be able to write these words if my parents did not send me to school. I appreciate every thing they did for me and I can’t but to say thanks.
In sum, it is not about how many qualities children should have as much as what are these qualities. We can not make an accurate measurement of who is or who is not a good son and daughter, but we should do our best to be good to our parents firstly and to ourselves mostly. Obedience, perseverance and gratefulness are some of many qualities that a good son and daughter should have.
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