http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-makes-a-good-parent. Here is the list of the top ten attributes:
1. Love and Affection.
2. Stress Management.
3. Relationship Skills.
4. Autonomy and Independence (treating your children with respect and trust).
5. Education and Learning.
6. Life Skills.
7. Behavior Management.
Here is a link to take Robert Epstein's (author of the article) parenting test: http://myparentingskills.com/. For those of you who are teachers, this might be an interesting conversation on a parenting night.