Pictures are the easiest way to fool people into thinking you live the perfect life. You can take 20 shots and only post the best one. You can adjust lighting, timing, do retakes, and best of all you can leave out reality. That’s why this dad of four has decided to post the truth. There are no retakes or editing. He simply takes a picture of what his daily life looks like with four daughters and shares it with the world to see. Life may not always be perfect and we may not be able to show the image we want, but in a way that’s what makes things beautiful: when they are raw and honest.
Simon Hooper is a husband and father of four girls.
He takes pictures of his family and shares them to Instagram where he has racked up over 272K followers.
He strives to show the reality of parenting.
He feels there is too much sugarcoating when it comes to raising kids, so he wants to show the truth and bring some humor to it.
He has twins that are 10 months old and a nine- and six-year-old as well.
Simon calls himself “a handy man, taxi driver, swimming instructor, tutor, chef, counsellor, human climbing frame, bank, personal shopper and PA.”
Here are some of our favorite posts: “One of those nights when night has blurred into day to reveal both girls taking centre stage in our bed.
“This is especially appreciated after the cheese wine and cider fest we had last night to celebrate my dads birthday.”
“I’m not usually a sloppy bag of blubby emotions but after 4 days of not having the eldest 2 around I’m really starting to miss them.
“Yes they are annoying and use me as a personal slave / climbing frame. Yes they are noisy and can drive me nuts. But they are mine and life isn’t quite the same without my little partners in crime. (Note to self, must read this back when they are next hacking me off – they aren’t all that bad really!)”
“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.”
“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!”
“Hey @midwifeyhooper, remember when we didn’t have 4 kids?
“They were boring days weren’t they. #tbt to a time before we had the twins with us. As usual I’m bottom of pile but I can take it.”
“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.”
“T’was just before lunch time and all through the house, not a creature was stirring – apart from these guys who have discovered the joys of a ride on the shoulders.
“Indoor entertainment at its best. I’ll just reattach the hair she’s pulled out later on.”
“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. It’s 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)
“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.”