Parents are heroes to Australian children, ahead of rock and sports celebrities.

Every Child needs a hero – A report tracking Australian children’s concerns and attitudes about childhood – Tucci, Mitchell, Goddard

The Australian Childhood Foundation said that children overwhelmingly admired their parents over a range of other people of influence.
Mothers scored the top vote, with 42% of the nearly 1,000 young people aged 10 to 17 rating them the “most admired”.
Fathers were ranked second.
Nearly 90% of the young people surveyed also said family was the most important thing to them.

http://www.childhood.org.au/downloads/2006%20Every%20Child%20needs%20a%20hero%20Report.pdf