A young and single dad’s inspirational story of raising his daughter alone after her mother took off caught the hearts of thousands of people on Facebook. Richard Johnson, 21, is a single father but not by his choice. Richard welcomed his now ten-month old daughter Persephone in January, but just a month after Persephone was born, his little girl’s mother left them.
It was not an easy life — since she left them, Richard has been through plenty of ‘parental issues’ on his own. Despite all of this, he doesn’t have any ill will toward the woman, he believes she is suffering from postpartum depression which became the reason why she left them. Instead of holding a grudge against her, Richard is focused on giving his little girl the best life that he can give her.
“I was never around babies, I certainly did not know anything about girls. But I asked around to older friends who had raised girls. I practiced braiding hair and, I’m not bragging, but now I can braid hair better than most women can. She still has no hair, but I want to be prepared!” he said.
Richard shared an inspirational post in the Life of Dad Facebook group about his story and it has gone viral for all the right reasons. He shared how he’s made it through – with the help of other dads. Isn’t it amazing? In addition to this, he also did his own research so he’d be able to fulfill some of the ‘motherly’ roles that Persephone might otherwise miss out on. The best part of this is that he’s loving every minute of it- he looks forward to their everyday bonding, he loves getting up with her adorable daughter and picking out her outfits and all the fatherly things that he can do.
Here’s their inspiring story:
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.
Persephone & Richard Johnson
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