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How can I choose a guardian for my child?

When thinking about the future, selecting a guardian for your minor child can seem daunting. Along with the unpleasantness of the task, you may feel overwhelmed when faced with choosing a suitable guardian considering the gravity of the situation. In order to make the process a bit easier to manage, Parenting offers the following advice.

Communicate with your spouse

It’s natural for either spouse to want their child to go with their respective family members. However, this might not be in the best interest of your child depending on the circumstances. That’s why proper communication is so important. There are may factors to consider; along with the quality of the guardian, you also want to consider where the person lives, how much money they make, whether they already have children. Keep these factors in mind when discussing the issue with your spouse to ensure emotions don’t get in the way.

Think about what qualities are important to you

Along with practical concerns, you also want to consider the types of qualities that are important to you. If you’re a spiritual or a religious person, you probably want someone who shares these same beliefs. If pursuing academic excellence is something you value, you’d want a person who will support your child in that respect. It’s helpful to sit down and make a list of important qualities when thinking about your options.

Talk with your guardian

Once you’ve decided, contact your selection to discuss the issue. Even if you feel as though you found the perfect person, he or she may not feel the same. Also, it’s recommended that you choose a back up for your initial pick. Even if the person agrees when the time comes he or she may not be available. In this case, you can rest assured that your child will have a reliable guardian should the unthinkable happen.

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