Few things are more exciting in life than the birth of a baby, whether you’re the mom, dad, or even just a sibling. However, it can also be a little bit terrifying, too. This is especially true if you suddenly become a single dad, much less the single dad of a daughter.
That’s what happened to 21-year-old Richard Johnson this year. After welcoming his daughter, Persephone, into the world in January 2015, his life changed drastically when her mother left him and took their daughter with her out of state. A month later, however, he received a call saying that she would put Persephone up for adoption if he didn’t immediately come get the baby.
Richard got on a plane, retrieved his infant daughter, and brought her home before it hit him – he was going to be a single father, and he felt completely alone and unprepared.
With nowhere to turn, Richard began searching the internet for parenting resources. During his hours and hours of research, he stumbled up a Facebook group called “Life of Dad” that was full of other men like him who were making it work.
He clung to the support he found in the group through every twist and unexpected turn of raising a little girl all on his own. When his daughter was 10 months old, and he realized what kind of parent he had become, he knew he had to share it with his fellow “Life of Dad” friends. His sincere letter will touch your heart.
“Life of Dad,
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 postpartum 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 1,000 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.”
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