How To Choose A Guardian For Your Child

Choosing A Guardian For Your Child

Posted on 09. Mar, 2012 by in Birth, Family, Pregnancy Education

Although it may be something that you’d rather not think about, choosing someone to be your child’s guardian in case something happens to you is a very important decision to make.

And it’s one that shouldn’t be dealt with lightly but, rather, one that you and your partner make collectively and with much attention to detail.

Here are four ways to help you come to the decision of who to entrust the well-being of your child to in the event that something happens to you.

Values And Personality

By evaluating some one’s values and personality, you can get a very clear picture as to how they would raise your child.

Are they of the same religion as you, do they believe in practicing a compassionate form of child rearing, and are they of sound mind and stature to always be consistently providing well for your children?

Whatever areas are of importance to you should also be of vital importance to them if you wish your child to be raised with your like-minded beliefs in tow.

Their Current Situation

What is their current financial, emotional, and physical situation? Do they have plans to relocate?

If they’re not financially secure now, would they be in the future? Would they be able to endlessly provide the basic necessities for your children while still maintaining firm values and beliefs?

Is their physical and emotional state a secure one? Are mental issues inhibiting their growth or ability to raise their own children as well as yours?

These are all extremely important areas to research and assess for anyone choosing a guardian for their child.

Your Child’s Relationship With Them

How does your child react to this family? Do they take to them warmly, are they afraid of them, or do they feel secure and important while in their care?

Your child’s reaction to individuals can tell you a lot about a person. Watch your children’s interactions with these potential caregivers to see just how comfortable and secure they really feel when they’re with them.

The Potential Guardian’s Age

Raising kids well at any age is hard, but the older you get the more difficult it becomes.

Your patience wears thin, your ability to get out and run around with kids diminishes, and your overall health and stability starts to lessen.

Age should be an important aspect of your decision making process when it comes to choosing your child’s guardian.

If someone that you’re considering has grown kids now, will they be up to taking on yours for many years?

  • It’s never too early to start thinking about who will tend to your children if something should happen to you.
  • Involve a lawyer when making out your will so that you don’t leave any loopholes for your children to fall through.
  • Take a good amount of time to decide who you will entrust your children to and don’t be afraid to hurt feelings along the way. Your child is depending on you and your partner to make the best decision for their future.


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