When Jem damages Mrs. Dubose's camellia bushes, a neighboor who tends to have a problem with the Finch's, Atticus punishes him by having to read to her each day. As Jem reads, he and Scout witness the sad, dying woman's battle against her morphine addiction and learn the true meaning of courage: "it's when you know you're licked before you begin but you see it through no matter what," Atticus tells them. It seems as though Atticus is a good father because he holds a good balance between being supportive and being an authority figure.
Atticus has instilled in his children his strong sense of morality and justice. He is one of the few residents of Maycomb committed to racial equality. With his strongly held convictions, wisdom, and empathy, As a father Atticus is affectionate with his children, Jem and Scout, ready with a hug whenever he can and is available to spend time reading to them during the night. Although he allows his children the freedom to perform many risky tasks and get into dangerous situations, he is also a firm disciplinarian, always teaching his children to think of how their actions affect others and devising punishments to teach his children valuable lessons. He makes sure that they get a proper punishment for what they did, why they did it, and make them fix it if they can.
When Jem damages Mrs. Dubose's camellia bushes, a neighboor who tends to have a problem with the Finch's,