Single fathers in the U.S. have grown significantly in recent decades and just like single motherhood, many working dads are having a difficult time balancing work and family, according to Pew Research.
As the role of the father changes, men juggling the demands of children and work alone say “single dads have it rough too.” However, one woman felt the need to criticize Richard Miley for bringing his daughter to work and he said that was completely unfair.
Richard, 28, moved from Florida to Texas to take over his sister’s power washing company in 2018 but it has come with many challenges now that he has full custody of his 5-year-old daughter, Ashtyn, reports Yahoo.
Her mother passed away a year ago, according to KTRK.
Sorry for all the delayed responses! Im trying to keep up but Ashtyn can be a handful sometimes 😅 if you have words of…
Richard said his daughter can be a handful and when daycare is too expensive, he brings her to work sometimes. The little girl normally helps her dad by passing out flyers, or she sits in a parked car or his clients’ homes while he works.
However, a few days ago the dad said he was shamed by a prospective client for bringing his daughter to work and posted about the encounter on Facebook.
All Seasons Powerwash had a job lined up for today, when I showed up the lady asked if my daughter was going to be with…
Richard explained in his post:
I had a job lined up for today, when I showed up the lady asked if my daughter was going to be with me the whole time. When I replied ‘yes, she comes with me everywhere’ the lady snapped back ‘well you don’t need to come back here.’
The woman went on to say:
‘A man needs to work and you need to learn that.’
Thirty minutes later the dad took to social media to air his grievances and let prospective clients know his business comes with a “mini helper.” He said:
First off it’s not my fault my kids lost their mother, it’s not my fault my youngest took it pretty hard and acts out too much to be in a daycare consistently.
But I do my best every day to provide for my children. And I don’t need praise for taking care of them, it’s what I’m supposed to do. I just want everyone to know if you do choose All Seasons Powerwash for any of our services, my 5-year-old will be with me!!!
Richard told Yahoo that sometimes people assume single dads “don’t need as much help” but “child care is hard for guys too,” and he didn’t need a lecture.
Many of Richard’s customers said that partnership works for them. Following the Facebook post, his business started to pick up.
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