She had clear expectations as to her her sons' conduct, but she didn't make impossible demands of the boys nor did she berate them at length when they made mistakes. I thought she was a pretty good mom, overall.
I agree with you.
I do think Ward does compare well with Andy Taylor. Those two dads, didn't always seem to have a
great amount of faith in their kids. Where as, Fred Rutherford seem to pump up his appreciation for Lumpy in public, but in private not so much.