Being a parent is hard work -- that is a universal truth.
With a partner co-parenting alongside you, it can be an overwhelming experience with midnight feedings, middle-of-the-night changes and enough expensive diapers to cover the Earth.
Being a single parent, however, is almost unimaginably difficult.
Just ask Richard Johnson, a single father who recently shared his parenting experience on the Facebook page, Life of Dad.
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
In his post, Johnson tells the heartbreaking story of how he became a single parent when his partner left following the birth of their daughter.
Johnson says he believes his daughter's mother suffered from postpartum depression.
In part, his post reads,
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.
It's also clear through reading the comments Johnson isn't alone.
As of Friday, his post has been liked more than 39,000 times, with over 2,000 shares and comments, many of which are dads empathizing through their own single-father stories.
Johnson's daughter, Persephone, is now a happy and healthy 10-month-old. The two, Johnson says, are growing together every day.
We think Persephone is one lucky little lady!