No matter how old our kids are now, we can all flash back to those early days when we stared down at the bundle in our arms and felt a mixture of overwhelming love and panic. So it's no wonder that the moms and dads everywhere have embraced a single dad named Richard Johnson, proud father to a lovely 10-month-old named Persephone, who came clean about his fears of fatherhood in two posts on the Life of Dad Facebook page.
After Persephone's mom left, Johnson wrote, "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." He scoured YouTube videos on everything from braiding hair to discipline, read every parenting book he could, but still spent many nights weeping.
Part of his fears stemmed from his childhood: He'd come from a family of divorce, so he had no role models. Still, he knew his daughter needed "a rock" and he'd have to step up. The turning point, he wrote, was the night his daughter 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."
I honestly don't know what to say. I've been reading everyone's comments and I'd be lying if I said I haven't became a...Posted by Life of Dad on Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I honestly don't know what to say. I've been reading everyone's comments and I'd be lying if I said I haven't became a...
After thanking every parent who posts and comments in Life of Dad, he offered this P.S. to all single parents who get discouraged: "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."
With words like that, no wonder the posts have gone viral. Hundreds of parents have thanked him for his inspiring message and offered their own hard-fought wisdom. Wrote one mom: "Teach your daughter to be all the things you are, and you both will succeed. May your lives be filled with blessings."
We totally agree.
Life of Dad,My name is Richard Johnson, and I'm a single father to a beautiful little girl named Persephone. Her...Posted by Life of Dad on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Life of Dad,My name is Richard Johnson, and I'm a single father to a beautiful little girl named Persephone. Her...
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