Nobody likes to think about what happens when they're gone. That's probably why approximately 60 percent of Americans don't have a will or form of estate planning.
It's difficult enough to figure out what to do with your possessions. It's even harder to elect a guardian to take care of your child.
However, it's your responsibility to do so to ensure they end up in the right hands.
Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
Let's take a look at how you can choose a child guardian for your kids.
Consider More Than Traditional Family Units
It can be tempting to leave your child in the care of a married couple who may have a couple children of their own. But, this might not always be the best option.
No matter how strong their relationship may seem, divorce is a real threat to any marriage. Therefore, consider the age of your child compared to the couple's children (if they have any).
Your teenager may not fit into a family where the youngest child is in their senior year of college. Furthermore, they won't have much to relate to if they suddenly enter a family with multiple children who haven't yet made it to first grade.
Age and Overall Health Are Factors, Too
You shouldn't feel guilty about taking these attributes into consideration. Children require plenty of involvement and attention, and someone who is too old or unhealthy may not be able to keep up with them.
Some people simply aren't in good enough health to raise a child, and that's fine. Just make sure not leave your child in the care of someone unfit to raise them just because they're family or friends.
Take Personal Values into Account
This is another area that may cause complications when making your decision.
If you want your child to follow a certain faith or be brought up with certain values in place, you're going to need to make sure your potential guardian's views don't conflict with yours.
At the very least, consider the guardian's parenting style, as they may be too strict/not strict enough for your liking.
What about Money?
The thing to look for here isn't wealth. Stability is one of the most important factors that make a good guardian.
As long as the people who could potentially take care of your child have steady jobs and manage their finances responsibly, you'll likely be making a good decision.
However, you should also consider their hours/business travel schedule. They won't be much of a guardian if they're never home to be a parent.
Choosing a Child Guardian Can Seem Difficult
But it doesn't have to be.
With the above information in mind, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect child guardian to take over when it's time.
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