Life of Dad is a social network and online database for all things related to fatherhood. It features an array of articles, podcasts, videos, and photos. A November 10 article written by single father Richard Johnson for the site about raising his little girl alone has captivated the Internet.
The post recounts how the mother of Johnson’s daughter, Persephone, left a month after giving birth, forcing Johnson to raise her by himself. He read every parenting book he could find, and “clocked in over 1000 hours in YouTube videos from everything to braiding hair and painting nails,” but he writes how discovering Life of Dad gave him a boost of confidence and the sense that he had found a community of others like him. He goes on to thank Life of Dad for providing advice and support to fathers like him.
Johnson’s original post was flooded with positive comments, including “you deserve extra props for speaking like a true father & man on behalf of your daughter’s situation/relationship with her mother.”
Many others echoed similar sentiments, inspiring Johnson to write a follow-up post on Wednesday, in which he states, “Thank you to each and every single one of you. You truly can’t understand how much everyone’s words mean to me.”
His original Facebook post can be seen below.
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 post-partum 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 1000 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. 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. Sincerely, Persephone & Richard JohnsonPosted by Life of Dad on Wednesday, 11 November 2015