Greek mythology and history was what I did my degree in. So be warned, I may go into a bit too much obscure detail.
As for a parent, Athena without a doubt. Not only is wisdom, intellegence and all that jazz pretty much the most useful ability I could think of, she had a reputation for looking out for her chosen heroes (provided they didn’t get too full of themselves. Jason, I’m looking at you!) Plus she actually was rather good with children, mentoring Telemachus when Odysseus was taking his sweet time getting home. On top of that she normally avoided the bad behaviour of the other gods. For example, compare the story of Athena and Tiresias to the story of Artemis and Actaeon. Same initial transgression, horrifyingly different consequences.
Plus, she invented the legal system, was involved in the foundation of one of the greatest cities of antiquity and helped with the creation of beginnings of western civilisation. Why wouldn’t I want to be related to her?