Atticus Finch

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In the story, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus is one of those `ideal fathers.' Atticus is a single father raising his two children, Scout and Jem, and doing a great job too. Do you ever wish that the 'cool dads from TV' could be your own? In the story, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus is one of those 'ideal fathers.' Atticus is a single father raising his two children, Scout and Jem, and doing a great job too. They also have Calpurnia, the black cook, who is the most mom-like person they've had. Living in Maycomb County, Jem is eldest and Scout is the younger one. Atticus shares a truthful relationship with his kids that will always be treasured. Atticus is such a great parent because he's a man of patience, he understands children, and he teaches them many morals.
To begin with, Atticus is patient. When Scout starts speaking bad words (so she won't have to go to school), does Atticus become furious and yell at Scout? No, not at all, Atticus is patient, and waits for the bad language to eventually go away. Being able to patient is not a technique that all parents can perform. In this quote, spoken by Atticus, he expresses his knowledge of children and their time with bad language: "Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they're not attracting attention with it" (87). Atticus waits for the stage to go away, and in time, it does.
Another trait Atticus possesses that makes him such a great father is the ability to understand children. Atticus is very wise about his children throughout the whole novel of To Kill a Mockingbird. In chapter 9 of the novel, Atticus shows his understanding of children most, when he's talking to Uncle Jack. "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" (87). This quote is spoken by Atticus and he's explaining

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