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Old 17.06.2011, 19:38
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Re: Godparents

I'm god-mother to a lovely girl who isn't part of my family. My god-daughther's parents are close (Swiss) friends who have chosen not to have her christened and were very clear about wanting god-parents who will be a presence in her life as she grows up, and not so much for the presents, christening or financial aspect.

Rituals and traditions like having god-parents have lasted through the ages for a reason--I think it's worth dispensing of the elements which are no longer quite so applicable today and adopting them to modern families. In my case, my little god-daughter has enriched my life immeasurably in the 15 months since she has been born. And if I'm honest, the relationship to her mom, who is one of my best friends, has also grown closer.

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My take on christenings and godparents is just an excuse for a party. I really don't think being a godparent these days has the same sentiment as maybe it did years ago. I am godparent to my niece and nephew but even if I wasn't I am still there for them and would look after them should anything happen to their parents - my neices other god parents were friends of my brother and sil they have since split up and haven't been heard from in about 10 years - great godparents!?

I feel if you decide to do the christening thing then it's best to choose family members to be godparents as you can't guarantee friendships forever and your kids could end up with god parents they don't know

We decided it's a huge farce and aren't christening our son. We know his family will look out for him regardless
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But I think that's why a guardian is important too.

If we were staying long term in Switzerland then my children would grow up being essentially Swiss. Again, if something happened to my wife and I, I would hate for the turmoil that would engulf the children to also include being sent away to an alien country, albeit to people that they know but without everything else that they know in live.

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I completely agree with this! Recently I've been wondering whether it's actually ok for us to appoint Swiss guardians for our children when they are not Swiss themselves - I'm sure the SVP would object strongly, but I take it your lawyer had no problem with it? How did you go about making it legally binding? (We have an agreement with our friends already, but nothing in writing).
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