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What would Atticus do?

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The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a staple of American classrooms because of its inspiring and elegantly written lessons about justice, equality and civic duty. But long before young children draws this classic home, it should join the books on your bedside table because, at its core, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a parenting manual punctuated by times of courtroom drama.

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Atticus Finch, small town lawyer and widower, is arguably fiction’s greatest parent. Atticus mothers his ten-year-old son Jem and his younger sister, Scout( 6 ), with a pacify and approachable behaviour. For a human in the 1930 s American South, he is a liberal. He’s against spanking, never screams, and leaves “their childrens” candid answers to difficult issues. Most importantly, for his parenting ideology and the plot of the romance, Atticus prototypes the behavior he wants to see in his children.

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