If other people’s perfect photos make you feel bad about yourself, worry not! British dad Simon Hooper shares candidly on his Instagram what it’s like to live in a house with four daughters. “My whole account is to show a realistic view of what parenting is like from a parent’s perspective,” the dad told HuffPost. “There is way too much sugar coating when it comes to parents, so I wanted to share what it’s really like and provide a bit of humor at the same time.”
Simon’s Instagram, @father_of_daughters, stars his wife, Clementine, and his four daughters– ages 9, 6, and twins who are 10-months old. He has accumulated nearly half-a-million followers, and we can see why! Check out some of his funniest posts below.
These guys are like Jekll and Hyde either side of feeding time. One moment they're having a blazing tandrum that involves so much back bending, you'd swear their spines were made from wet newspaper and of such intensity that even Mariah Carey would say "Dam diva – calm down, that's another level right there!". The next moment, they're quietly clapping hands & babbling away about how baby grows don't fit the way they used to / the price of baby milk / that squirrel they saw eating a nut earlier / what they actually think of us (or whatever 10 mths olds talk about). I look forward to when these guys can feed themselves – I swear they can already (they can grab my wallet & happily drain it of its contents, so why not a bottle!?!) but they know we'd do anything for them so get us to do it. Lazy or manipulative geniuses? We'll see…. #divatantrum #milkistheremedy #spinmadeofwetpaper #notaskingyoutomakethebottlejustholdit #twins #feeding #babytalk #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife
I consider myself a relatively modern man but I struggle to use the washing machine properly. I can restructure an organisation to be more efficient, untangle necklaces, build furniture, rewire small appliances & setup an HD TV without instructions, but I'm nervous about what drawer to put the different powders & liquids in & what setting to use as I know @mother_of_daughters will hang me out to dry if I ruin any of her or the other girls clothes. The thing I do know about washing machines is that the twins are drawn to them in the same way a drunk uncle is drawn to the dance floor at a wedding when any 80s tune is played. Let's hope they don't develop motion sickness or I'll be immediately replacing clean clothes with vomit covered ones. #yesihavefoodonmytop #whyicantifigurethisout #washingmachineinducedvomit #badhousehusband #dadproblems #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad
Bed time for the twins is supposed to be a quiet affair so they can relax & drift off, leaving us to collapse into a human shaped heap on the sofa. Of course, that's not possible when the 2 eldest have decided to start what I'm guessing is a Taylor Swift impression karaoke sing off that involves shouting, wrestling and door slamming. They are directly above us & what we can hear can only described as drunk macho elephants fighting over the mic. There is actually paint coming off the ceiling. Of course when these 2 grow up, they just going to add to the noise. Thinking about buying a flat down the road, i'll just Skype them from my sound proof room. #elephantkaroke #canyousoundproofyourownhead #whydoeseveythinghavetobedoneatmaxvolume #talkingisalostart #girls #fatherofdaughter #dadlife #instadad
There used to be a time when Fridays nights meant going out drinking with friends and waking up with a hangover that that would require surgery to remove. However Marnie came home today with the dreaded bi-annual "There are nits / lice going around at school" letter, so our Friday nights are now spent carrying out small scale genocide on colonies of unwanted scalp intruders. @mother_of_daughters & I will now spend the rest of the evening quietly observing each other to see which one of us start scratching our heads first whilst mentally cursing all children everywhere. Awesome. #betteryoustartscratchingafterreadingthis #fridaynightarentwhattheyusedtobe #parenting #keepingitreal #nits #dotheyevenhaveapurpose #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad
Settling in for a long night of #USelection results. As a parent of 4 girls, you sometimes need a gin & tonic after a long day. And sometimes you don't have ice. So I found the next best thing, a freezer block you use for camping. Of course, the block was too big for a glass so I drank out a Pyrex bowl. And of course you can't drink directly out of a bowl so I had to have a straw. There's always a solution to every #firstworldproblem Just hope that my girls don't have to grow up for the 4 years with a sexist, xenophobe sitting in one of the most power seats in the world, with his finger on the nuclear launch button. After #brexit, I'm genuinely worried. #inventivedrinking #theresalwaysasolution #ginandonit #fishbowl #gininabowlwithafreezerblockobvs #democrats #comeonamerica #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad
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
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