One of the major and first things we considered when we started preparing for our son’s christening are the sponsors (ninongs and ninangs). Admittedly at first, we had wrong reasons for choosing the sponsors. We wanted ones who 1. Have money; 2. Living or working abroad; or 3. Has a high profile. But as we venture on the planning stage and started talking to the ones we have picked, I realized that we may be choosing the wrong people to be Kharl’s ninong and ninang. That got me thinking, what are supposed to be the key points that we should consider to get someone as kharl’s sponsor.
After attending a seminar in the church where Kharl will be baptized, I came up with a list of the MUST BE considerations that every parent should think about in deciding for their son or daughter’s godparents.
1. Sponsors or godparents are tagged as second parents for your child. This means that you should think of someone who would stand by your son/daughter in case something happens to you and your partner. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to leave your child in the wrong hands right?
2. Choose someone who can be a role model for your child. Someone who will set a good example. Just consider this, would you have a ninong for your child who is a two-timer or a ninang who knows nothing but to nag? What if your child carries that same attitude on his growing up years? We don’t want that right? We want exemplary persons who would be looked up to by our child.
3. Choose a sponsor that is really close to you and your family. Sometimes, we tend to get our officemates as sponsors just because they’re, well, our officemates. But what if in the future, you move to a different company and you don’t get to see that officemate of yours anymore. Then his or her being a second parent for your child is useless. There might even come a time that your child will not even know who their godparents are, because of lack of communication. So, choose someone who you’re sure to have contact with throughout the year and despite all odds.
These three key points are, for me, the main basis in choosing the godparents for my baby. Other facts might be considered but this three will definitley be included in the decision-making.