Being asked to be the Godparent to a child is a huge honour. It is a very special invitation from the parents that asks you to play a special role in the life of their child. For some, it is merely a ceremonial role, but for most, it is the opportunity to forge a real connection and to be a role-model and a friend to a young person. It is about helping to guide them spiritually, but it is also about helping the parents out, bonding and doing fun things. So, if you want to be the best Godparent ever, what are the things that you need to know? Here are a few things to help you in your quest to knock the Godparent gig out of the park.
One of the things that good Godparent will do is buy good gifts. There is a degree of expectation that the gifts bought by the Godparent will be slightly better, bigger and storyteller than those brought by the general public. So, from the very beginning, learn where to find the best baby gifts in town. If you can find a go-to store or online retailer you will be on to a winning thing.
Children love ice-cream, it is a simple fact of life. If you don’t already know where to get the best ice-cream in your town then make it your mission to find out. Adults like to go out for a drink or for dinner, this is not the type of outing that is enjoyable or appropriate for a youngster. But ice-cream is exactly the type of thing they enjoy. So have ice-cream dates with your little person and use the outing as a time to talk and bond, to build trust and to get to know each other.
Be a storyteller
Another thing that most children love is a good yarn. So, make it your goal to tell the best stories to your Godchild. Stories are not just an opportunity to fuel their imagination they also become shared experiences. And what’s more, if you want to start exerting moral or social teaching then a good story is a great platform to use for this. It doesn’t need to be wildly obvious, children understand the concepts of good and bad and right and wrong and that is a great theme to have as a leitmotif.
Be the back-up
Parenting is not an easy task and moms and dads will often take strain along the way. Let them know that you are there to help in whatever way they need. It can be as a babysitter or simply to help them underscore life lessons. Children are always quick to dismiss teachings or learnings imparted by their parents (especially as they move towards being teenagers), so without appearing to gang up on the youngster, helping to underscore the right way of doing things and backing up the beleaguered parents will be greatly appreciated – initially by the parents and by the child in later life.