To say that Simon Hooper is outnumbered is an understatement. But he is not afraid to share his experiences. With four girls under the age of ten, including twin ten-month-olds, Simon and his wife, Clementine, often highlight their parenting antics on social media.
His clever captions and relatable photos of life inside the Hooper residence will strike a chord with any parent out there, especially those who often feel overwhelmed and outmatched by the little humans in their house.
Four Daughters. One Dishevelled Dad.
Parenthood, in all its glory, is amazing. But it’s also messy, frustrating, exhausting and chaotic. And this is exactly the picture that Simon paints through his Instagram account father_of_daughters.
The London father and his equally witty wife, Clementine are all about removing the sugarcoating surrounding parenthood.
“In general my whole account is to show a realistic view of what parenting is like from a parent’s perspective,” the funny father told HuffPost. “I wanted to share what it’s really like and provide a bit of humour at the same time.”
Someone call crime watch! I took this picture of a guy getting mugged in broad day light today. The 2 confidence tricksters are known in the local area and ply their trade by pretending to love their victims and then, when their guard is down, scratching their faces to pieces, pulling their hair and dribbling on them until they are given milk or rice cakes. The suspects are described as looking exactly the same, to the degree that their father cant tell them apart. They are around 2.5 ft tall, talk with a strange accent and are incredibly cute. Some previous victims had said they smell like a childrens play centre toilets but that has yet to be confirmed. #muggedbybabies #twins #parentinginjuries #thelmaandlouiseinthemaking #callcrimewatch #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad
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The couple are not shy about letting their followers into their homes as they navigate through the ups and downs of raising four girls – a 9-year-old, 6-year-old and 10-month-old twins. Clementine, a midwife, also shares her side of journey with followers through her account, mother_of_daughters.
“Everyone is dealing with the same issues in this journey called parenting.”
From helping his eldest daughter with her sexual reproduction homework to tandem feeding the twins, from picking head lice out of his daughter’s hair to making last-minute costumes, Simon’s clever captions are perfectly complemented by his dishevelled exterior and often messy backgrounds.
Because, let’s face it, sometimes you don’t really feel like cleaning up the mess in the background before snapping a photo.
It’s this unidealistic take on parenting that has earned him a modest following with over 225,000 followers on Instagram.
Another monday, another last minute rush to the shops to avoid the armageddon I.e running out of nappies, wipes & baby crack (milk) for the addicts. I basically live in this aisle of the supermarket now. New parents seem to gravitate to me as an “experienced parent” (i.e. the tired looking guy shivering in the corner) and ask “do you know where so and so is please?” My reponse – “Sure 3rd shelf, half way down on the left hand side, buy 3 & get a discount,although you want to use that in combination with blah blah blah.” I’m like a walking encyclopaedia of baby product info. I used to use my brain to solve global corporate wide problems. I now use it to calculate bulk buy discounts. #ishouldgetanamebadge #bogofking #iliveherenojoke #dadbrain #lifeinthefastlane #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad
“I used to use my brain to solve global corporate wide problems. I now use it to calculate bulk buy discounts.”
And while Simon admits that he’s certainly suffering from a permanent state of baby brain, it’s clear the doting dad wouldn’t want it any other way.
Tomorrow is international day of the girl and I, more than most, am celebrating. I might be heavily outnumbered and outgunned, but I’m celebrating because my girls are strong independent young ladies that are growing up in a world that they can do anything they put their mind to (with a little encouragement). We strive for equality and see women as equals (and in my case, as superiors!). That said, in many places girls are seen as second class citizens and have limited opportunities to reach their full potential. This has to change. Go kiss your girls goodnight & encourage them everyday to reach for the stars. Tag a strong girl and share. #mygirlswearthetrousers #daughters #dayofthegirl #girlsareequals #girlsarestrong #sisters #mygirls #girlsareamazing #beproudofyoudaughters #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife
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No one said raising four girls was going to be easy but Simon’s take provides us all with a bit of a chuckle.
It’s always nice to know that we’re not the only ones wandering aimlessly around the baby aisle at Woolies and attempting to get a decent night’s sleep on 8 centimetres of bed.
Is it only me or do all men learn to sleep on an 8 inch strip at the edge of the bed? Irrespective of the size of the bed, or how many people are in it, I always find myself relegated to the ‘man zone’. I’ve become so used to sleeping on this limited area of bed real estate, that I’m confident that I could sleep on top of a wall & not fall off. On the other side of the bed (the promised land), @mother_of_daughters sleeps like a star fish all night long, kneeing me in the back and generally complains about me coming to bed too late, being too cold or my foot encroaching onto her territory. At least the bed’s nice and warm, even if the reception isn’t sometimes! I hope that next Sunday, on #NationalLieInDay, I’ll not only gain another hour in bed, but more space – but it’s doubtful ! If you want to regain that hour (and some space for that matter) click in the link in my bio, loads of great prizes to be won @SimbaSleep #bedrealestate #livingontheedge #girls #twins #daughters #therestoomanygirls #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #gopro
Check out father_of_daughters and mother_of_daughters to see more of the Hooper’s funny antics as their eldest daughter enters the tween stage and their youngest daughters celebrate their entrance into toddlerhood.
Good luck guys!