Single father is criticized for bringing 5-year-old daughter to work

Cheryl Kahla
Feb 13, 2019
01:47 A.M.
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A father from Houston, Texas, made headlines when he was stuck without a babysitter and took his daughter to work. 


The proud father of a five-year-old girl, Richard Miley, had been working at washing company for more than a year but admits that it is hard at the time. 

He is a single father and has his hands full raising his daughter alone since her mother passed away back in 2018. 

Man washing a car. Image credit: Pixabay


Miley takes Ashtyn with him to work regularly and has never had a problem before. Ashtyn usually waits in the car or a client's house. 

However, this week, one of his clients complained. Instead of responding to the client directly, Miley took his story to Facebook, where it went viral. 

Miley has since taken the post down or changed the privacy settings, but ABC7Chigaco reports that many followers came to Miley's defense. 


The father-of-one told the reporters that he has no intention of using his daughter to make money. He explained: 

"I don't mean to make any money off of my daughter. That wasn't the goal of this. That's kind of what happened. But in the same sense, it opened a lot of people's eyes that single dads have it rough too."


Instead of losing business over the incident, Miley's business is booming. People from all over the country have called and congratulated the young father. 

One client, in particular, a pizza shop owner, called to say how touched he was was Miley's story and his devotion to his daughter. 


Father's often receive slack for the way they raise their children. Recently, a father from Ohio was criticized for the manner in which he disciplined his daughter. 

Matt Cox's daughter Kirsten was suspended from school because she bullied another classmate, and Cox wanted to drive the point home that bullying someone is wrong. 


Cox made his daughter walked five miles to school, but he followed behind in his car to make sure she was safe. Cox explained

"Let me make this extremely clear, bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household. Today my beautiful daughter is going to walk five miles to school in 36-degree weather."

When the critics made their opinions heard, Cox said that parents need to hold their children accountable. Read the full account here