Written by Bill Hanks
Many religions have sponsors or god parents, when a child is baptized. Godfathers have been an important figure in a child's up bringing. If something would happen, that the regular parents couldn't bring upÂ their child in a Christian way of life, it becomes the godfathers responsibility. This article examines the responsibility of a godfather. Although this refers to godfather is could be any sponsor that a child has.
1. Parents should know the individuals very well. Just selecting a good friend might not be the right reason.
2. How does the individual handle their own children?
3. Do they belong to your same church affiliation?
4. Are they financially secure?
5. Do they exhibit good moral standards?
6. Are they accessible? Do they live close by? Do they have the time to be involved with a child?
7. Give the individual a chance to share a small amount of time with the child. The child should know that this person is special.
8. Is the individual in good health?
The above are very important considerations that parents need to take seriously.
1. It is an honor to be asked to be a god parent.
2. You are not the parent. You are there only to assist, whenever asked.
3. Make sure the child knows and understand that you are their godfather. The smaller the child, the longer it could take.
4. Assist the parents in getting the child to church and Sunday school.
5. Provide positive reinforcement to the child when they need it.
6. Spend some quality time with your god child, when the parents let you.
7. Set a good example for the child to view. (High moral standards)
8. Provide small gifts at on birthdays and on holidays.
I have been a godfather to two children. I have followed both as they grew up and matured. One is now 43 and the other is 8. The 43 year old is now on their own and I often take the 8 year old to a youth church activity when the parents can not. There does come a point, when the child is responsible for their own actions.
It can be an enjoyable thing for both the godfather and the godchild.