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Guideparents and guardians

Like all Humanist Society Scotland ceremonies, our naming and welcoming ceremonies are inclusive and you can incorporate whoever you like, however you like. That includes the non-religious equivalent of a ‘godparent’ – often known as guideparents and guardians.

They can also be referred to as a ‘mentor’, ‘sparent’ or ‘oddparent’. It’s entirely up to you.

No matter what you choose to call them, they essentially make special promises to a child or children. They commit to play an important role in their lives – to help and support them as they grow up.

Unlike the religious equivalent, they can be anyone of your choosing. They can be from all faiths or none. They don’t need to be married. You don’t even need to have one male and one female. You can also involve older children as their ‘guide buddies’ if you want them to have a special role too. 

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