Being a first time parent is a very nerve-racking ordeal, but doing it alone is downright terrifying. One young father has opened up in a very touching letter about finding support online after his daughter’s mother left them. His post has since gone viral — click to read!
Richard Johnson, 21, reached out to a Facebook community page called the Life of Dad, to divulge details about the difficulties he faced raising his baby girl, Persephone, 10 months, alone. His amazing post has since gone viral and gives hope to other fathers who are facing the same situation.
No, we’re not crying, you’re crying. Richard wasn’t one for kids, prior to having his sweet daughter, Persephone. “I came from a family where everyone is either divorced or a single parent. My father wasn’t in the picture, and I never wanted that for my kids, so I was dead set on not having any,” he told Yahoo Parenting.
That wound up changing when he met his girlfriend, the mother of his now daughter. Sadly, after she gave birth to their child, she left and it’s been just Richard and his little girl ever since. Obviously he was beyond terrified at first, and that’s when he got invested in the Life of Dad community on Facebook. He told the news outlet that this FB page “helped me become the father my daughter needed. Richard has turned out to be an amazing father, and wanted to share his story with others who may find themselves in a similar situation.
See Richard’s Post In Full
My name is Richard Johnson, and I’m a single father to a beautiful little girl named Persephone. Her mother left about a month after she was born. We still don’t know exactly why, but we suspect post-partum depression played a part. In the first few weeks of it being just her and me, I stumbled upon your page by accident. I was so nervous and scared about being a father in general, but now I was a single father and had to fulfill two roles. I wasn’t sure I could do it.
I had read every “new parent” book I could find and clocked in over 1000 hours in YouTube videos from everything to braiding hair and painting nails to theories on how to deal with common parental issues. I then started to watch your page more closely and saw that there were other fathers out there who were in similar predicaments as me. The page started to turn into a major confidence booster and really helped me through all of this. I always look forward to photo submissions and reading the stories of some of the awesome dads out there in this community. You truly helped my daughter and me through a very difficult time.
We’re both very happy now and continue to grow together everyday. She’s now 10 months, and I now get asked by my friends for parenting advice constantly. We’ve come a long way, my daughter and me, and we definitely owe part of that to this page and the people within it. So from both of us, we wanted to thank you.
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