Have you ever found yourself wanting to spoil your loved ones, but your bank statement disagrees? Most ninongs and ninangs end up dealing with this dilemma during special events, like the Christmas, for instance. Here’s this week’s reader, who’s worried about granting his godchildren’s wishes. See his Good Advice story below:
I feel pressured to give each and every inaanak the gifts they ask for, but I can’t afford their requests! What should do?
— Ninong Going Broke, 26
Advice from My Pope:
As we first mentioned in “Ninong, Ninang,” an article in our October 2017 issue, God + parent = godparent! In other words, someone who is in charge of being a spiritual parent to a child—and not a Santa Claus! Instead of fretting over what presents to give them, focus on your presence in their spiritual lives. Reach out to them, and take it upon yourself to teach them about God. Most importantly, be a good role model to them. If you don’t want them hankering for gifts (and very specific ones at that!), set an example by living a less consumer-driven life. Try your best to follow the Santo Papa’s lead, he who is humble in possessions but rich in spirit. Doing so will also steer you away from any sort of urge to “buy” the favor or affection of your godchildren. Who knows? This may even be the start of a new way of life for you!