'The money godfather. Babies, babies, everywhere!' Blog discussion

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  • ukbandit
    ukbandit Posts: 303 Forumite
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    great news :beer:
    now all you need to do is create a subforum called "children - The Early Years"

    I created a poll for it and the response was 87% positive. theres loads of moneysaving people are not doing because they can't find thye information!
  • FatherAbraham
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    When I asked what the job entailed the answer from hubby Mark was succinct: be there for her with advice as she grows up, and intercede with her parents if she has rows when she’s a teenager.

    Gosh, a secular godfather? What's the point?

    Is there no spiritual dimension? If not, why call it a "godfather".

    The tasks which Mark mentioned are important, although "be there for her" is rather unclear in actual content.

    Yet, these are tasks which many people will be able to contribute to as the child grows.

    A godfather has a special role in terms of having a responsibility, and an authority, to be concerned with the child's spiritual, ethical and moral growth -- precisely those "uncool" things which general society isn't offering (perhaps it never has).

    More specifically, if there's baptism involved, this is a formal Christian role, involving taking vows of faith on behalf of the child, and then working to ensure the child is able to fulfil those vows on maturity.

    This is not just some "extra uncle" role, about sending presents at Christmas and birthdays. Many British kids are materially well-off already. This is a deadly serious job, which ultimately means taking responsibility for the well-being of the child's eternal soul.
    Thus the old Gentleman ended his Harangue. The People heard it, and approved the Doctrine, and immediately practised the Contrary, just as if it had been a common Sermon; for the Vendue opened ...
    THE WAY TO WEALTH, Benjamin Franklin, 1758 AD
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