Parenting Advice from Atticus Finch

For those of us who loved To Kill a Mockingbird, and particularly the character of Atticus Finch, here are some thoughts on parenting that Atticus shares with his brother.

“In a conversation with his brother Jack, Atticus explains a couple of key points about his parenting. First Atticus says, “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.” What simple advice…

When Jack continues to chastise Atticus for not being more corporal in his punishment with Scout, Atticus says that she does the best she can. She doesn’t always succeed, but she always tries. Jack says that’s not the solution and Atticus responds, “She knows I know she tries.” I think how simple that is. We tell kids all the time that we learn from mistakes; that’s mostly the way we learn. But so many times we focus on the mistake instead of the effort.”

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