Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Picking someone to be guardian of their young children is a difficult decision for Ray and Liz, like it is for most parents.  One of the less definable considerations could be called “style,” meaning parenting style.  And it isn’t as much of a surface issue as it might sound and can outweigh other things, like how closely related a person is.

First, of course, Ray and Liz should figure out what their own style is.  As parents of 4-year-old Rose and her baby brother, Sam, they are learning that some things work and others don’t.  All together, their approach does add up to a parenting style.

But it is not so easy to step back to define their own style and compare it with that of possible guardians.  After all, they are trying to adjust to the double trouble of managing sibling rivalry and figuring out how to get Sam to sleep through the night, so they won’t be so very exhausted.  When they have a moment to stop and think, they seem to mostly just fall asleep!   

Thinking about it, though, is part of loving Rose and Sam.  If they are unexpectedly orphaned in the future, the people they live with will be incredibly important.  And while much change would obviously be inevitable, some similarity in everyday attitudes about living, respect, and expectations at their new home will provide needed constancy for their future.

 For assistance considering your estate planning choices, including whom to name as guardian, please call our office at (815) 436-1996 for an appointment. 

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