Parenting is like an abstract painting that’s very beautiful even in the eyes of ordinary people. You don’t have to have an artist’s eye to understand the beauty of it’s day to day mess. Did you know that the most like photos online are of animals, bikini-clad women, and babies?
You probably know that because your feed is flooded with cute animals and babies, right?
Well, it’s about to get even cuter because, after this post, you’d be following this dad and his princesses on Instagram. He posts photos of his day to day parenting life and the world is loving it!
His photos get between about 20k – 50k likes and his videos get more than 100k views! Does he know how to work his social media or what?
If you don’t know who I’m talking about, then read on.
Parenting According to This Dad’s Instagram Account
Meet Simon Hooper from London. He’s a father of four daughters all under the age of ten. Imagine the hectic life he lives!
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
His life is hectic and busy balancing a full-time job as a consultant for a U.S. based company and being a full-time father and husband.
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
He shares the realistic yet funny side of parenting on his very well received Instagram account, @father_of_daughters, in hopes to bring humor to what seems to be a harrowing journey.
Teething is now in full effect and the girls want us to know all about it. An email would have sufficed but it seems they’d rather use their voices to get the message across that they really aren’t enjoying this stage of development. Its not straight screaming, it’s more like the sound a wounded animal might make that just wants to end it all. I can’t blame them though, it’s like a mini scene from ‘Alien’ in there at the moment, just in very very slow motion (and of course teeth don’t then go on to kill you and the crew of your ship so a few subtle differences but essentially the same). #canyoubulkbuybonjela #teethinglikealien #twins #thisisntfunforanyone #doubleteethingisnotdoublethefun #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife #daddydentist
After long day of walking around and playing, The twins needed a bath and I needed a wash so day 2 of #dadtakeover ended like this. (I dont run baths just for myself…I’m a man after all). In theory this sharing of a bath was a good idea. In reality it felt like I was an uninvited blue whale who’d gatecrashed a private spa for small people. If looks from babies could kill, I’d have been dead for sure. Strategically placed flannels were used in the taking of this picture. (And yes I took the picture on a tripod before people ask! Im on my own!) On to day 3. #uninvitedbluewhale #bathtime #yesthishappened #yesitookthisphotograph #family #notsuchagoodidea #twins #parenting #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife
“In general, my whole account is to show a realistic view of what parenting is like from a parent’s perspective. 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.” -Via Huff Post
This morning we were treated to a private perfromance from some trainee illusionists, (I’m always sceptical of magic involving twins, seems suspicious & lazy, right?). After opening the performance with the regurgitation a plastic letter ‘A’ which she’d swallowed sometime earlier to much applause (& retching), Ottie’s next trick was to place her twin is the ‘cube of eternal darkness’ and make her disappear – the magic words were spoken and poof, like a crap David Blaine, the doors opened to reveal …….. a baby eating an unhealthy amount of packaging paper, accompanied by the strong smell of old broccoli. Well you can’t win they all. A for showmanship, F for execution. #magicalcirclemembersheaint #shitmagic #kidsandboxes #offtohogwartswithyou #magic #FOD #fatherofdaughter #instadad #dadlife
Simon also shared that despite having twins on top of a 9-year old and a 6-year old, they’re pretty much like every parent.
if I look tired, it’s because I am. Ottie’s cold is so heavy, lifting her head is an effort. This means her face (& our clothes) are caked in snot &, like a plumber on call, we’re up throughout the night to unblock her. Usually, under the cover of darkness, I can get in / out of their room without waking the sleeping one, but last night I performed an impromptu slap stick routine only viewable with night vision goggles. As I leaned down to pick up Ottie, I whacked the bridge of my nose on the side of the cot. As I jolted my head back, it got tangled in the mobile, ripping it from the ceiling. I stepped backwards only to stumble over some razor sharp wooden blocks and fall into the side of Delilah’s cot. I maintained a silence that a Trappist monk would be proud of throughout but it was too late – the surround sound screaming lasted 20 minutes. When I finally got back into bed, Clemmie asked what the hell happened. I honestly don’t know – I think I assaulted myself. #slapstickinthedarkness #beatenupbyfurniture #surroundsoundcrying #thecoldfromhell #FOD #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad
In the absence of clemmie to help & unwilling to pick a favourite to feed first, I created a feeding approach I’ve dubbed ‘the domino’ position. It was lik watching a drinking contest between 2 determined guys who think necking beers will impress women (I tried that myself in my youth, it resulted it me vomiting on the object of my affection, crying, receiving a quick unfriending on facebook & then more crying). I whacked on the max flow teat & watched in amazement as they perfected something I never could – opening their gullets & smashing it off in one go. I’ve never been so proud. Better wind these guys tonight or they may just re-enact their fathers behaviour (although I’d never unfriend them!) #itshouldntbeimpressivebutitis #mybabycandrinkyourbabyunderthetable #prouddad #twins #bedtime #FOD #fatherofdaughter #dadlife #instadad
“Everyone is dealing with the same issues in this journey called parenting.”
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
I seem to forget to feed myself sometimes. I can get to 5pm and realise I’ve had nothing other than a cup of tea that’s been microwaved 5 times and has a skin on it that’s thicker than I feel after watching a documentary of dark matter. The twins, on the other hand, get 3 square meals a day spooned directly into their mouths. I tried crouching between them in the hope @mother_of_daughters would feed me too (FYI I don’t have tiny arms) although I was rumbled by Delilah who kicked up a fuss. They have absolutely zero loyalty or compassion for me. Get between these girls & their food and you may just lose a finger. #noidonthavetinyarms #foodoverfathers #arewefeeders #theydontsharefood #nowonderimlosingweight #microwavetea #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife
And with the horrors parenting comes with, it wouldn’t hurt to drizzle it with a little bit of character, a pinch of positive attitude and a whole lot of humor.
This week my eldest has been doing sex education at school. Shes very mature about it & having a midwife as a mum, they know a lot more than your average kid, no ‘front bottoms’ or ‘nunnys’ in this house, it’s strictly a ‘vagina’ affair (which coincidently would be a great title for a drama series on TV) That said, she’s chosen tonight (when @mother_of_daughters is away) to ask questions about men which makes me feel like an embarrassed child, but i promised to tell her the truth. My personal favourites – “do you wear a condom daddy?” Me – “Yes”. Then why do you have so many children? Touchè. “Have you and mummy had sex more than 3 times?” I laughed proudly – “Way more……like at least 9 or 10 times” ( I didn’t want to come across as a sex crazied maniac). #sexeducation #shestheadultimthechild #sheknowsmorethanme #dontaskaboutmasturbationorilldie #ivedoneitloads #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife #parenting
It doesn’t matter whether you’re done with just one, a basketball team or maybe forming the next Cheaper by the Dozen sequel, what it really takes is commitment and love.
so #NationalLieInDay is finally here and it seems that the twins didn’t get the memo about the clocks going back, but I can’t complain as we’re technically still in bed. Yes people, this is a ‘lie in’ when you have kids. The main difference between this morning and any other? I set up a cinema for my girlies – cue requests for popcorn at 8.30am, hot drinks orders, arguments about what film to watch and burning calves from multiple trips up & down the stairs. Give me a torch to shine at smooching teenagers & some ticket subs to check and I could actually be a cinema attendant. Hope you all get a lie in of sorts. There’s actually still time to enter Simba’s #NationalLieInDay competition where you could win a package to recreate your perfect lie in so click on the link in my bio to enter. Thanks @SimbaSleep for this glorious extra hour in bed, I really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. #sundayliein #familytime #fatherofdaughters #instadad #ad #dadlife
This is us 2 minutes after the number of kids we were responsible went from 2 to 4. Being married to a midwife & having 4 girls to bring up, I sometimes forget how lucky we. I took it for granted that our children would be healthy and that their births would by trouble free. Sadly, that’s not the case in many instances, so I’m supporting @VSOInternational & their #FirstBreath appeal which aims to end millions of preventable neonatal deaths that happen every year in developing countries. Please lend your support by sharing your own newborn picture along with the link to the appeal page (click my bio) & donating if you can. Thank you all lovely people. #keepthemsafe #donate #youcanmakeadifference #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife
And from the looks of it, these parents have those areas covered and are going to be just fine!
Here’s a good example of what dads do when they’re left in charge: @mother_of_daughters has been away on a 24hr spa retreat with @andbreathepostnatal so I took this as an opportunity to rig up a 120 inch projector screen for the rugby tomorrow (i.e. there was no chance she could stop me). As you can see, she is thrilled about all aspects of this. Especially the little piles of plaster and concrete I hadn’t cleared up. Best part – it’s up now so it’s not coming down! She’s so lucky to have me. I think I may have ruined her zen – welcome home sweetheart #whendadsincharge #backtoreality #butitsHD #shelovesitreally #imatechgeek #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife
Top day spent touring rounds our old haunts in brizzle and reliving our youth. I locked eyes on @mother_of_daughters 11 years ago across the floor of lizard lounge and kept pestering her until she agreed to go out with me. We used to lie in this square hung over as students. Now we’ve got 4 girls with us – how the hell did that happen!? Ah yes, I remember now – poor contraceptive practices. #justkidding3weplanned #icouldliveher #bristol #cantbelieveloungeisstillgoing #fatherofdaughters #instadad #mygirls #dadlife
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