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Atticus Finch is a single father. He is raising his children on his own, with the help of his housekeeper Calpurnia. Atticus’s advice for parenting is to tell children the truth, and set a good example.
Atticus has his children call him by his first name, but that is not his only unusual parenting technique. When Atticus gives advice to his brother Jack about raising children, he says that it is important to tell the truth.
When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ‘em. (ch 9)
Another way Atticus is an exemplary parent is that he sets an example for his children to follow. Just as Atticus feels it is important to tell children the truth, because they will know if you are lying, he also believes that he should set a good example for his children to follow. An example of this is when Scout asks him if he is going to win Tom Robinson’s case.
"Atticus, are we going to win it?"
"Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win," Atticus said. (ch 9)
It is unusual for a father not to try to protect his children from the truth, and instead to teach them how to make their way in the world. Atticus does not tell his children to do as he says and not as he does. He is sure to be a good person and set an example for them to follow.
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