It can be a tough choice and there's lots to think about. Here's our advice for picking great Godparents for your child.
Choosing a Godparent can be quite stressful, especially if you or your partner are from a large family, and whittling down the list of contenders is an uphill struggle.
As with any big decision, it's good to go with your gut instinct but there are some things you can think about before you choose the people who will be your child’s back up parents as such! So read on and by the end of this article hopefully, your choice will be made.
First off, make a list. Sit down with your partner and go through the people you would like to choose as Godparent and bear in mind these points below:
How to pick great Godparents for your child.
Firstly consider within your family.
A family member is usually more involved in your kid’s life as you will meet up when going to family events and occasions. While picking a close friend is also a great idea, be sure that it is a friend that will be in your life forever and therefore will watch your little one grow up.
Think about their character.
The character of the person as obviously you need somebody who likes kids and would be honoured to be a Godparent. A person that your nipper can trust to do right by them in the future and guide them when they need a shoulder to cry on.
Make sure their values complement your own.
Personal traits and values are important as you want someone who is similar in your beliefs and shares the same morals as you and your partner. There is no point picking somebody who has completely different views about raising children as in the long run this could cause disputes.
Logistics are another thing to consider.
Do they live close enough to see your child regularly while growing up? Having someone geographically close by will be a benefit to you and your little one. Who knows when you may need support or help and having a Godparent close by who you can rely on is vital. There is also the issue of closeness between your tot and their Godparent and having regular contact will build their bond for years to come.
Trustworthiness and dependability.
Trustworthiness and dependability are important features to consider before you finally choose a Godparent for your kid. As a parent, you need to be sure that the Godparent you choose will be there for your child and that you can trust that they will always do right by your nipper.
Consider their age.
Think of the future and consider the age of your Godparents and their health. No one knows what tomorrow will bring (heaven forbid if the worst was to happen) then they need to be physically able to take your child on.
Talk to them first.
Definitely have a chat with the Godparents before you decide and make sure they realise the importance of the role as Godparent and what responsibility it entails.
A Godparent's job is so important to your child, so choose wisely.