Does Atticus Finch manage his role as a single parent well? 

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Yes. In my opinion, Atticus manages his role as a single parent well throughout the novel. He shows his children attention and is continually teaching them important life lessons. Atticus takes time out of his busy schedule to play catch with Jem and to sit on the porch to read with Scout. Whenever his children ask him a question, Atticus answers it as honestly as he can and does not lie to Jem and Scout. Jem and Scout also enjoy their childhood and Atticus allows them to be individuals. He does not raise Scout to be a conventional Southern Belle and allows her to run around in overalls. He also protects his children by acting tolerant towards the racist community members of Maycomb and teaches his children to respect others regardless of their beliefs. He makes the intelligent decision to employ Calpurnia and even invites his sister, Aunt Alexandra, to come live with them so that she can teach Scout how to be a lady. By the end of the novel, Scout and Jem are tolerant, empathetic, moral individuals which reflects on Atticus' parenting skills.

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