If there's a character from the Harry Potter series that I wish got more page time, it's Lily Potter. She's an important part of the story. I mean, she's the reason you even meet Harry Potter in the first place. Yet much of her is a mystery. But despite the fact that readers never really "meet" Lily, and only know about her through the memories of others, parenting lessons from Lily Potter are easy to find, and even easier to carry with you every day.
At the basis of all of Lily's parenting is love, which was a driving part of the series. As a parent, you want that core value to shine through everything else. And you know what? Some days, it's hard. Some days, it's not easy to be selfless. Some days, it's difficult to lead by example. There are days when you'd rather tell your children to do as you say, not as you do, but that's not something that's in Lily's parenting manifesto. Though her time as a mother was cut too short, too soon, she impressed long lasting lessons on the lives of everyone around her. She made the ultimate sacrifice, and gave everyone around her something to aspire to.
The next time you're in need of a little bit of parenting inspiration, take a trip to the wizarding world, and learn all that you can from Lily Potter.