Single Dad Learns How To Be A Good Parent From Facebook "Life With Dad" Group

Richard Johnson was ecstatic about the birth of his daughter, Persephone, back in January of 2015. However, just weeks later the baby’s mom ran away with Persephone to California. The emotionally distraught woman changed her mind within a few days, and claimed she was going to put Persephone up for adoption immediately if Richard didn’t come pick up the baby.

The 21-year-old was on a plane within 12 hours, and he wasted no time bringing his tiny infant daughter home with him. Once he got home, however, his happiness at having her in his arms start to fade and be replaced by worry.

With no experience at all in taking care of babies, Richard was not sure what to do. He says it did not take long for him to realize just how unprepared he was to raise a child by himself.

Feeling alone and depressed, Richard came upon a Facebook group for fathers called “Life of Dad,” when he was online one afternoon. Finding out that there were other men out there like him was a revelation, and gave him the confidence he needed to succeed as a young, single father.

Richard says he has learned from scratch how to be a good parent over the last few months, and he and his daughter are both happy and healthy today. He decided to post about his experience on the “Life of Dad” Facebook page, and his post soon went viral.

He began with the basics:

“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.”

And then Richard explained what a huge difference being able to participate in “Life with Dad” made for him:

“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.
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.”

This story has an even happier ending. Richard had just gotten up to speed on life as a single dad when he met a woman named Jennifer. Richard explains he talked to Jennifer for months before he let her meet Persephone. Moreover, he says “Persephone had made the choice that this would be her mommy.”

Richard went on to explain that Persephone was shy with women as she had only known her bearded father and his male friends. However, the first time they met Persephone had cried to be held by Jennifer, and that sealed the deal for him.

The happy dad says that Jennifer has helped them become the family he and Persephone so desperately wanted, and Jennifer is Persephone’s one and only mommy.

Source: Little Things
Photos: Persephone & Richard Johnson/Facebook

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