What does being a Godparent mean?

What does being a god parent mean?

In the most traditional sense it is defined as taking a role in contributing to the religious up bringing of a child.

Godparent definition

As a child myself I remember being told that my godparents were the people who would look after me if my parents died.

How do you choose godparents for your children?

When it came to choosing godparents for our own children it was less so from a point of religion and more that of tradition.  We asked people who we wanted to play significant roles in our children’s lives, forever.  People we knew we could trust to be there for them if they were needed.  People who cared.

Amy's christening - with godparent squad

Why we chose our children’s godparents

Our children’s godparents are an extension of our family.  With Dave being an only child, our children only have one Aunty in my sister – and they couldn’t ask for a better one!  To us, their godparents are an extension of this.  We call them Aunty & Uncle as a measure of how significant they are and explain to the kids that they’re not real aunties & uncles like Aunty Nic but people who we have chosen because they are so special to us.

Should the worst happen, we’ve asked my sister to become their legal guardian – though nothing has ever been written down (unless this counts as being legally binding….) but I also know that in their godparents they’ve got an awesome back up plan!

What being a godparent means to me

Dave and I are godparents together to Erin (who regular readers will recognise as part of Team Butler) and today we have been at the christening of Uncle Will’s little boy, Cassisus, and I’m now proud godmother to him as well.  Whilst I stood today and made all the religious declarations that come with a traditional Christian baptism, what I was really promising today was to love that little boy, to be there for Cass, for Will & Lucy, whenever they need me.  Will is a flipping awesome godfather to our babies and they absolutely worship him, I just hope I do the same for Cassius.



  1. Sharon Curran
    November 20, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    I’m in no doubt you’ll do a great job xxxx

    • Colette
      November 20, 2016 / 10:12 pm

      Thanks Shaz xxx

  2. November 21, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    Its lovely to know that you have people that you can trust to support your kids when needed. As god parents ,It must be a great privilege to know that you are chosen as god parents and that some one trusts you enough to entrust care of their kids to you.

  3. November 21, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Being a godparent is lovely, but it is also a big responsibility. That said, I am godmother to my neice and love it.

  4. November 25, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    I don’t have Godparents for my children, but I had Godparents and after my dad died, my Godfather was very much like a father to me. I think it’s lovely to be asked and a big responsibility, but a lovely one x

    • Colette
      November 28, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      Oh that’s so lovely to read Susan x

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