Picking the Right Ninongs and Ninangs for your Child3:49 AM
wrote this article for a testing assignment and I want to share my thoughts on
getting ninongs and ninangs (godparents) for baptism, which is very important
in a child's life. I already posted this before here but I want to post it again because I just attended the baptism of the daughter of two of my
college close friends, Kharlo and Honey. I want to emphasize more the importance of picking the right
godparents for your child.
|Ninongs with Parents and Child, Kharlo, Honey and Zschech|
|Ninangs with Parents and Child, Kharlo, Honey and Zschech|
For first time parents, the first ever event in their child’s life that they would worry is baptism. This is one of the most important church sacraments because a newcomer is welcomed in the Christian world. And one of the important aspects in baptism is getting godparents. Ninongs and ninangs should serve as “second parents” and guide the child in everything that he or she does. They are the ones whom the parents know and are confident in helping their child grow. In this case, parents should pick their kabarkada, relatives, close friends, close officemates and the like as godparents because these are the people who are trustworthy and are sure to be of help not only to the child but also to the parents.
|The happy family|
- 1. You must consider people who give credence to the solemnity of baptism/dedication and know the meaning of it. I believe this is one thing godparents should know---the importance of baptism/dedication. This is the time when the child will be welcomed in the Christian world and that they have God in their life until the end. While the child still won’t understand the sacrament of baptism, at least the godparents do and will explain that to him/her in the future.2. It is better to pick godparents who have been your close friends or relatives, not the popular or rich people whom you just met a few months ago. Just like what ,Kharlo and Honey did with their child Zschech, they picked their close friends and relatives to be her godparents. They have known them throughout the years and have confidence that they will help their child in any way they can. Godparents could be your best friends, kabarkadas, aunties/uncles, cousins and the like.3. There is already the fact that godparents will give gifts to his/her godchildren on special occasions, but that’s just the minor part. Godparents should also make their presence felt in the child’s life most of the time, if not always. For instance, while I give gifts to my godson once in awhile, I make sure I give it to him in person and that I make my presence felt to him. Even without any occasion, I go to their house not only to visit the parents but him as well. At least parents must know if the godparents will make an effort to communicate with them so that he/she can see their godchild even if there is no special occasion. It may not show now, but the child will be very thankful when he/she is an adult for having responsible godparents who care about him/her and making their presence felt.4. The godparents are people that parents truly trust and know that if ever anything happens to you, they will be there to take care of your child. As I have said above, parents should choose godparents in whom they will trust when something happens bad to them. At least the parents will know their child is in good hands while they are gone and that they don’t have to worry about a thing. For instance, one of the emcees in the reception of the baptism told the godparents that if Kharlo and Honey needed to have a second honeymoon, they can leave Zschech in the godparents hands and will take care of her. That was meant as a joke, but you get what I mean.