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So you’ve been asked to be a godparent. Congratulations! Or…congratulations? No, yes—congratulations! Maybe you feel as confused about it as that statement sounded. Being asked to be a godparent is an interesting thing. It can mean a lot of responsibilities, but really, the actual parents will determine how serious the role is. You know if they’re chill people who kind of just want you to take their kid to ice cream sometimes or if they expect you to take a three-month spiritual backpacking trip with their child. There are certain responsibilities that are true of being a godparent, no matter what the real parents are like—such as financial ones. These only kick in if the worst-case scenario happens to the real parents. So are you taking on a big role? Maybe. It’s complex. Here’s what to expect if you’re asked to be a godparent.

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First of all, it’s a huge honor

It really is a big honor. Your friends think that you have incredible character attributes. They probably think you’re responsible, compassionate, generous, smart, and loving. They think you have the traits of an amazing friend. You should definitely give them a huge thank you for asking, no matter what your answer is.

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