There seem to be endless mommy blogs to follow online nowadays but it tends to be harder to track down a good Dad perspective on social media.
A father of four girls is using his Instagram account to share an inside look at the realities of being a girl-dad, and it's not always pretty.
Meet The Whole Family
Simon Hooper is a father of four young girls ranging in age from 6 to 14 years old.
He decided to document some of his everyday life as a man who is "outnumbered" by the five women he lives with.
Life Isn't Picture-Perfect In The Hooper House
Simon's feed is not a picture-perfect reflection of the easy-going home life, and he doesn't pretend that every day is smooth sailing.
He has gained such a following because he shares an honest look at some of the less rewarding sides of parenting—the spilled food, temper tantrums, tears, and fears.
Simon Shares His Honest Feelings And Perspectives
You won't find any sugarcoating on Simon's page. He's willing to share his honest opinions about the challenges that come with being a parent in today's changing society.
For instance, he shared this picture of a distance learning session with his youngest girls after their classroom was shut down due to the pandemic. Everyone is tired and a little frustrated, and that's normal.
There Is No Such Thing As Personal Space
When you're a parent you need a little snooze on the couch every now and then, but just because you need it does not mean you will get it.
Kids have some kind of freaky radar for when a parent's head hits a pillow and they start to close in like sharks.
Dads Are Deemed The Unofficial Toy Assembler For Life
Becoming a father means becoming the unofficial Toy Assembler. It means following instructions, sorting through tiny plastic pieces, and staying up late on holidays or birthdays to assemble new gifts.
Simon shares the reality of what that often looks like.
Not The Mudslide Anyone Wants Or Needs
Sometimes parents happen to hit "snap" on the camera at just the right (or wrong) moment in time.
This is one of those hilarious yet harmless moments that definitely ended in tears and one little girl being carried the rest of the way home.
His Kids Are Also Obsessed With Band-Aids
For some reason, all children are completely obsessed with Band-Aids. They're convinced they need them for every cut or bruise and no box is safe.
Simon shared this picture with the caption, "Today, I found myself once again holding back a tsunami of profanity" when he found "yet another box" of Band-Aids being ripped apart and stuck everywhere.
This Picture Is Worth 1,000 Toddler Screams
A professional photoshoot was semi-sabotaged by a screaming toddler in the background.
Simon's little girl decided it was also her time to shine and was clearly heartbroken that she wasn't allowed to join her dad outside with the big cameras.
The Team Of Cupboard Snack Thieves
These two seem like major trouble together.
In an elaborate attempt to swipe snacks from the top shelf of the cupboard, one twin hoists the other up toward the forbidden snacks.
Bedtime Or Play Time?
Bedtime is never as simple as just tucking them in and turning the lights out, and this picture proves that.
Children have a tendency to turn into little circus acrobats around bedtime and start scaling the furniture. Good luck with those two, Simon.
A Parent's Bed Is The Gathering Spot Of The Children In The Morning
Every parent knows the high-pitched squeals of a morning wake-up call from toddlers who are absolutely ready to rip.
Simon looks a bit worse for wear at the crack of dawn in this photo, but his girls are giggling away like time doesn't exist.
Pantry Thieves Are Back!
These two's cupboard clearing days are apparently just beginning.
Their second cupboard heist looks like they infiltrated the pantry for some top-shelf cookies. Mom and Dad are going to have to up their game to deal with these two.
Kids Will Sleep Wherever They Damn Please
In a house full of beds, couches, and comfy chairs, this child chose the cement doorstep and damp boot mat.
That's just part of being a parent sometimes; no matter what you do, the kid will crash where they please.