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Anyone ever had to say no to being a godmother? I already have one goddaughter and I think that's enough. I take the role seriously.

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I think explaining how seriously you take the role will go a long way when politely declining. You can still offer to be in the kiddo's life, but you're right: godparentship is a big deal. Good on you for taking it seriously, rather than ceremoniously. Perhaps you can offer to stand in for the baptism if needed, and help them find another person?

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When you say you take the role seriously, what do you mean? I know one of the traditional functions of a godparent is to serve as the guardians should anything (god forbid) happen to the parents, but I’ll tell you from experience that the courts don’t really care about godparentship when choosing the guardian for recently orphaned and bereaved children. It’s a thankfully remote possibility that you’d have to take on that duty to begin with, but the US legal system is going to make the guardianship choice, if it comes down to it

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