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This Dad’s Letter About Being A Single Parent Is Going Viral

posted: 11/18/15
by: TLCme
Richard Johnson Life of Dad
Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is the 21-year-old father of a 10-month-old girl named Persephone. About a month after his daughter was born, Persephone's mother left. Johnson believes that she left because of emotional and psychological pain from postpartum depression.

In an interview with Yahoo Parenting, Johnson said that he came from a broken home and did everything he could to prevent the same fate for his own children. "The more I thought about it, the more panicked I got. I didn't know what it meant to be an involved father except from what I saw on TV or movies."

Johnson wrote an open letter on the blog and social network Life of Dad about his experiences as a single father and it's absolutely heartbreaking and sweet.

"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," he wrote. "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."

After the post went viral on Facebook, Johnson followed it up with a heartfelt thank you to his fans. "The days have been rough and at times I wasn't sure I could make it another day. I spent more then a few nights holding my little girl as she slept weeping because I wasn't sure I was going to be a good enough father for her."

Johnson recalled an especially tough night when his daughter first learned to crawl. "She came to me and laid her tiny little hand on my cheek and stared into my eyes. I took it as 'Come on Daddy, we have a lot to do.' So I told her no more crying for either of us and we were going to fight to be happy. We've kept true to that promise."

For single parents who are also struggling, Johnson had these words of advice: "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."