Man's Facebook Post About Stepping Up And Caring For His 1-Month-Old Daughter After Her Mother Left Goes Viral
Being a parent is not always easy and being a single parent, even more so, especially when you are suddenly thrown into the world of single parenthood without warning.
A man named Richard Johnson had no choice but to be the hero for his one-month-old daughter Persephone after her mother left them.
In a story he shared on the Life Of Dad Facebook page, he expressed his appreciation and said that reading the stories of other dads experiencing similar situations was what got him through the hardest times.
In the post, Richard described being very worried and nervous after Persephone's mother left. In the first few weeks afterward, he found Life Of Dad and also found comfort in their fatherhood-related posts.
As soon as he accepted the fact that he was going to be a single parent and that his little girl had no other person in the world to depend on but him, he set about getting prepared.
He read all the parenting books he could get his hands on and watched online tutorial videos on everything from "braiding hair and painting nails to theories on how to deal with common parental issues."
Richard said he also learned a lot from other fathers. All these boosted his confidence and made him realize that he really could do this.
"You truly helped my daughter and me through a very difficult time," he said of the Facebook page. It had been ten months since he started his fatherhood journey and according to him, things had been getting much better.
In an update on the post, Richard also shared his own past and how it influenced his decision to give his kid everything she needed.
Being raised by a single mother himself after his dad left, he was a little worried about how good of a father he would be for his own child.
But fortunately, he was able to find the strength he needed. And he also had a few words for those who may need to find that inner strength too.
For any single parents out there, if you ever feel like the load is too much or you're just not good enough. Look into your amazing child's eyes and just tell them you love them. You'd be amazed to see how much strength you have when someone else is counting on you and loving you more and more for what you're doing. You'll find strength where you thought you had none.
Richard's story is an important reminder that at the end of the day, all every child needs is a parent that is there for them. It's an inspiration for many single dads and mums all over the world.