A very young dad has decided to share with his friends and community about what it truly means to him be a single parent.
21 year old Richard Johnson, is really proud to be a father to 10-month-old baby girl named Persephone. This little baby girl’s mom left one month after she was born. “We still don’t know exactly why, but we suspect postpartum depression played a part,” on his facebook page Life of Dad.
"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 now get asked by my friends for parenting advice constantly. We've come a long way, my daughter and me."
As a woman whose husband left while I was pregnant, thanks from the bottom of my heart for standing up and being a true father," Lindsey wrote on his post.
Richard decided to share even more details, which included the good times and the tough times!
"The days have been rough and at times I wasn't sure I could make it another day, I spent more [than] 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."
Richard did not have a father growing up and wanted to share that "Being that I never had a father, it was truly frightening to become one."
Many people attacked the mother of his daughter and with class Richard asked them not too. "Her mother is an amazing woman. . . . No matter what, she is the mother of my child and I only wish the absolute best for her. So long as she can be happy then that's all that counts. It's something I wish to instill in my daughter. Postpartum depression is truly a tragic thing and I would not wish that upon my worst enemy."
This is how he ends it!
"For any single parents out there, if you ever feel like the load is [too] much or you're just not good enough. 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."