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Parenting is one of the most challenging and rewarding tasks possible In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Atticus Finch is a model parent who teaches his children important lessons about life He teaches his children to respect themselves and others to try their best to do whats right and what real courage is Atticus Finch is a very respected man in Maycomb He shows respect to a lot of people including his children the Negroes his neighbours and Arthur Radley When asked by his children why he is going to defend Tom Robinson Atticus says if I didnt I couldnt hold up my head in town Lee Harper pg 75 In the same conversation Atticus shows his respect for the black community when he tells Scout Dont say nigger Lee pg 75 When Scout says that people at school say it all the time Atticus replies From now on itll be everyone less one Lee pg 75 Jem shows that he has learned respect when Scout finds a roly-poly bug Scout wants to squish the bug but Jem says not to Because they dont bother you Lee pg 241 By respecting himself and others Atticus teaches his children to do the same If Atticus didnt show respect to Tom Robinson he wouldnt be able to have any respect for himself He accepts the case not only to help Tom but to teach his own children and other people in the town about respect Atticus doesnt want his children to be disrespectful because if they are than people will not respect them The main lesson about respect Atticus teaches his kids is do unto others as you would have them do unto you Atticus also teaches his children to always try their best to do what is right When Scout asks Atticus why he is going to defend Tom Robinson even though he knows he is
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