God Parents… who are they?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
  • poll: God Parents... who are they?
    Family to the child (uncle, aunt, cousin) : (25 votes)
    30 %
    Not family to the child (friend) : (11 votes)
    13 %
    God parents are "together" (i.e. married, dating) : (13 votes)
    15 %
    God parents are not "together" : (15 votes)
    18 %
    other : (4 votes)
    5 %
    Don't need god parents : (16 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    3761 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    My uncle is my god-father and a family friend is my god-mother.  

    Over the years we have obviously stayed more in touch with my family member.  However, my god-mother did make it to my wedding 🙂 

    Post # 4
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    As far as I know, God parents are special people in your lives that you would like to be honored when you have your baby.  They will (hopefully) be special people in the life of the child.  They are basically just people you want to be in the child’s life.  I don’t think it matters if they are related or not.  My uncle is my godfather and a family friend is my godmother. 

    Post # 5
    1523 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I actually have two sets of Godparents! One set is my Aunt and Uncle (Dad’s sister). My other set of Godparents are close family friends of my parents. Three out of 4 of these people will be at my wedding! Unfortunately, my Aunt passed away a year and a half ago.

    When we have kids I have no idea who we will pick because Fiance is an only child and my family situation is hard at times (meaning my siblings are not good candidates).

    Post # 6
    875 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m a God-mother to a friend’s daughter.  From my point of view, a God-parent is someone whose faith you respect who is willing to pray for, love, cherish, and guide your child.  A God-parent will be another respected adult in their lives beyond the parents and grandparents.  Sometimes, it makes sense that this person is a family member, but at other times, it would be appropriate for it to be a good friend of the family.  While I am a God-parent, I actually was not given God-parents myself.  So I know it is not a necessity, but as a God-parent, I really feel that it is a special thing! 

    Post # 7
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    My god-parents are my uncle on my mom’s side and aunt on my dad’s side.  My mom said that my parents didn’t choose their close friends because they knew that family would always be there, but not necessarily friends. And alas, my parents had a falling out with the people they were considering for my godparents and haven’t spoken to them in years. But it can go either way.  I don’t think that they have to be together, but they could be.  I’m not religious, so I don’t plan on ever accepting a god-parent position or having them for the future child(ren) I have, so you don’t have to have them at all.

    Post # 8
    5262 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My godparents are my (married) aunt and uncle. 

    I always wonder: do you choose godparents if you’re not having your kids baptized? Can you call them something else to signify that they are your child’s “second parents”? There don’t seem to be hard and fast rules, and although my godparents stood up at my baptism, they were not involved in any religious aspect of my upbringing. In fact, they weren’t really religious until they had kids years later. 

    Post # 9
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @lilyfaith: I was wondering the same thing. Not being religious, I obviously don’t plan on baptising/christening my kid(s), but I think the idea of “second parents.” I’m very close with my god parents, so I would want people like that in my kid(s)’s live(s), but without any type of religious affiliation. We should just make something up!

    Post # 10
    313 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I don’t have god parents, but my understanding was that your god parents would be the ones who raise you if your parents die. Soo… wouldn’t it make sense that they be a couple? Am I way off base here? 

    So if I’m on the right track here, I would say it should be anyone (couple) that you trust to take care of your children. I can definately see the arguement that it should be a family member, in case of a falling out with friends.

    Post # 13
    11324 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    In my family godparents are chosen to ensure the spiritual well-being of a child. It is usually family, and not necessarily a couple. Also, in my family, god parents do not = people who would raise the child in case of the death of parents. Two totally separate things. 

    Post # 14
    3502 posts
    Sugar bee

    My sister’s god parents are my mom’s oldest sister and my mom’s next oldest Brother-In-Law.


    My god parents are my 2 oldest cousins. That being said, my mom is the youngest of 5 and her oldest sibiling is 14 years older than her. So my god parents are my cousins who are 18 years older than me.



    Edit: My mom’s next oldest sister to her would have taken care of my sister and I if anything were to happen to her.

    Post # 15
    948 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    Also not really religious here-

    To me they should be anyone who is going to love, support, and set a good example for your child. 

    I chose my godparents when I was 13 and got baptised, they were close family friends. 

    Post # 16
    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    My niece and nephews’ godparents are blood related aunts and uncles. (mom’s brother or dad’s brothers).

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