How would you describe Atticus Finch as a parent?

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Atticus Finch is a single father to his two children, Scout and Jem . He tells Jem to read a newspaper to Ms. Dubose, who is trying to die without being addicted to morphine. Atticus does this because he considers Mrs. Dubose's determination to overcome her addiction to be very...

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Atticus Finch is a single father to his two children, Scout and Jem. He tells Jem to read a newspaper to Ms. Dubose, who is trying to die without being addicted to morphine. Atticus does this because he considers Mrs. Dubose's determination to overcome her addiction to be very courageous, and he wants Jem to see that courage and learn from it. Atticus also takes Scout and Jem to the courtroom with him during Tom's trial, showing he does not shelter his children from the reality of race relations in Maycomb. Additionally, Atticus teaches his children that cruelty for the sake of cruelty is wrong. An example of this would be when Atticus tells Jem that it's a sin to kill a mockingbird because they are innocent. Atticus does kill a rabid dog in the story, though, which shows Jem and Scout that sometimes one has to fight to protect oneself and others from danger. Atticus tells Jem to take care of and watch out for Scout, and Atticus does not make Scout dress up in girly clothes. He also talks to his children like they are adults. By letting his children be themselves and showing them respect, Atticus makes Jem and Scout more responsible and mature.  

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