THE GOD­PAR­ENT

DRUM - - Advice -

The roles of god­par­ents vary be­tween cul­tures and fam­i­lies. Tra­di­tion­ally, it was a religious func­tion with the god­par­ent in­for­mally re­spon­si­ble for a child’s religious ed­u­ca­tion.

To­day, it’s mostly an honorary po­si­tion for a good friend or fam­ily mem­ber who can be a so­cial and spir­i­tual ex­am­ple for the child.

The ex­pec­ta­tion is that the god­par­ent will be in­ter­ested in the child’s well­be­ing and give guid­ance if needed. But god­par­ents have no le­gal rights or obli­ga­tions to­wards their god­chil­dren and they aren’t re­quired to take care of them in the event of their par­ents’ deaths.

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