Atticus's Approach To Parenting

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Atticus’s unique approach to parenting causes Jem and Scout to grow up with different morals and ethical beliefs than most kids of the time period. Jem and Scout were taught to be fair, and go about life without judging people for what they did or did not have. I believe Atticus sets a great - at the time controversial - foundation for his kids lives, by teaching them to see a situation from others points of view, not judging a person just by their skin color, and to always be the bigger person when others don’t respect or agree with you.

One major thing Atticus did to show his kids not to judge others without seeing what they are going through from their point of view was teaching Scout and Jem this saying, “You never really understand
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Atticus has to explain to his kids on several occasions that the opinions of others shouldn’t affect them. When Atticus takes on the Tom Robinson case the whole town of Maycomb snickers about how he’s a “nigger lover” Jem and Scout have trouble dealing with this, but Atticus explains that crude comment come from ignorant people who have never been taught other ways of thinking."I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody... I'm hard put, sometimes—baby, it's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you," Lee page 108. Atticus is trying to explain to Scout the name she got called at school, “nigger lover,” he is trying to show her that a comment should not affect you, therefore you need to be the bigger person and move on. In another time Jem gets shouted at by Mrs. Dubose, she calls his father horrible names and he gets mad and tears up her garden. Atticus responds to Jem by saying, “They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions," said Atticus, "but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience,” Lee, page 105. Atticus is trying to show Jem that is a normal thing for people to have different opinions than …show more content…
When other tell him he is wrong he stick up for what he thinks is right, and show his kids the same thing. He tries to raise his children to be a better part of

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