I was moved to write about godparents because I am extremely happy with who my husband and I chose as godparents for our daughter. As parents, you always want the best for your children and I think choosing the right godparents is not always an easy undertaking.
Nowadays, the role of a godparent has somewhat evolved. Of course, the main role of godparents is to ensure that the child establishes and maintains a religious education, but I also think the relationship implicit in this role involves taking a greater, more encompassing interest in the child’s life.
I found the definition of “godparent” provided by Wikipedia. “Traditionally, godparents were informally responsible for ensuring the child’s religious education was carried out, and for caring for the child should he/she be orphaned. Today, the word godparent might not have explicitly religious overtones. The modern view of a godparent tends to be an individual chosen by the parents to take an interest in the child’s upbringing and personal development.”
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The key phrase here is “interest in the child’s upbringing and personal development.” It could not be more important to me that my child’s godparents take a real interest in her life. My daughter raves about her “God-Mommy and God-Daddy” all the time, and I am overjoyed with how much love she has for them and how much love they have for her. My advice to parents is to think long and hard about who you elect to fulfill this role. Godparents should be extensions of yourselves and they should be people who can be seen as genuinely interested in the well-being of the child and the child’s parents for a period spanning their lives.
I had to share a picture that I just love of my daughter, her godmother and me! Priceless!