In January of 2015, Richard Johnson and his wife gave birth to a baby girl named Persephone. Everything seemed okay until one day Richard’s wife ran away with their daughter to California saying she had been suffering from postpartum depression. Weeks later, Richard’s wife threatened to put up Persephone for adoption unless Richard immediately retrieved her.
ASo he did what any good dad would do, he went and got his daughter back. But he was so nervous raising a child alone. Desperate for help, Richard found the Facebook page “Life of Dad” that showcased lives of other single fathers.
The online support group changed his and his daughter’s life! Because of this, Richard wanted to share his own story with the group and since gone viral:
“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”