It was January of 2015 Richard Johnson’s daughter Persephone was born. Immediately after her birth, Richard’s wife ran away with Persephone to California. She was suffering from Postpartum depression, and threatened to put up Persephone for adoption unless Richard immediately came and got her.
Richard of course, retrieved his daughter immediately, but was very nervous since he had never raised a child before. Richard was desperate for help and found it in the most unusual place, a Facebook page called “Life of Dad.”
Richard’s new support group helped him turn his life around. Richard recently shared his journey as a single father on Life of Dad. The response to his story is one of the most heartwarming you’ll ever see.
“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.”
“We’re both very happy now and continue to grow together every day. 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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