Atticus Finch is my parenting role model

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  1. I sometimes wish that this fabulous book were not a set text in schools. English Lit can kill a book and this book deserves so much more. I too, as a parent, think ‘What would Atticus do?’


    1. In the hands of a good teacher I think it is an excellent choice. But you’re right that a lot of kids automatically dislike a certain title simply because they are required to read it. Hopefully they’ll find it again later in life.


  2. I read this book for the first time last year. It’s one for my “Sunday afternoon bookshelf”, the one with all the books I might want to pull out on a quiet day when I need to replenish my stock of wonder, humanity, and grace.


  3. My X didn’t want my beautiful daughter calling me “Daddy”, or “Dad” or even “Father”. I wanted absolutely no more stress and anxiety be laid on her young shoulders, so I said “Call me Syd”. Thus began a parenting style of wisdom and youth, as opposed to the so called appropriate or “normal” style of parenting my generation was raised by. Our job as parents is to keep the weeds to a minimum, clear the space around our children so they can spread out in all directions, feed and nourish, and apply lots of sunshine. Our job is to guide, not direct; to persuade rather than force. Kids have a really simple logic that has little to do with the adult politic, and they learn from their own mistakes, not ours.

    When I first read Mockingbird I found each page told me something important. Later on I learned of the connection between Harper Lee and Scout, Truman Capote and the “Prettiest Boy”; I wonder if Lee ever truly understood the impact her book made.

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