Being a parent isn’t a walk in the park – and despite its many joys and fulfillments, it is pretty tough.
The challenges of parenting often turns moms and dads to one another for help and support, and this is frequently depicted on social media. There are now millions of parenting and parent-support pages on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, whether these are there to give advice or just to put a smile on a tired mom’s face; they make sure that the over-worked parents out there don’t feel alone.
Simon Hooper is here to keep things real. His Instagram account, which now has 1 million followers, documents the not-so-glamorous life of a dad with 4 daughters and he certainly doesn’t hold back on the realities of parenting.
Scroll on to discover his hilariously down-to-earth snaps of life as a full-time dad…
When it comes to parenting blogs on social media, it’s safe to say that the majority fall under the “mom” category.
The portrayal of a mom’s day-to-day life is a popular theme among users of social media, and this theme brings moms together to form friendships and to share advice.
Life as a mom is often portrayed in the best possible light, with the best filters, and the moms never look tired or worn out in the slightest.
Looks more like a professional photoshoot, if you ask me…
This is an extremely unrealistic portrayal of life as a parent.
There’s a significant difference in the number of social media accounts for moms than there are for the dads out there.
But this one dad from South London in the UK is here to make a change.
Simon is a thirty-six-year-old dad living in London with his wife, Clemmie, who is an author and a midwife. They’re raising their four daughters together – Anya (11), Marnie (8), and twins, Ottilie and Delilah (4).
He’s pretty outnumbered in the gender department…
Simon noticed the high volume of mom bloggers out there and how they’ve pretty much nailed the whole social media thing. He wanted to create a voice for all the hard-working dads out there and put them in the spotlight, too, rather than have them stand quietly in the background.
His blog, The FMLY Man, and his most popular platform, his Instagram account, focus on the harsh realities of bringing up children. This has also made him a successful author with his book, Outnumbered.
He has gained a following of over 1 million users from his documentation of his journey, which takes the reader from his experience of being a twenty-four-year-old new dad, knowing nothing, to the experienced, hands-on father that he is today.
Simon took to Instagram to show other moms and dads that they aren’t alone when dealing with the unpredictable sleeping patterns of their babies.
And also to show that dads take part in bath time, too…
Any parent will agree with that.
As is letting mommy have her lie-ins…
Moms aren’t the only ones who suffer from back pain.
Simon has proven that dads do their fair share of heavy lifting, too…
As Simon advised, just check the magazine aisle where your child will more than likely be reading some trash mag that is already sucking them into celeb culture and makeup…
Every parent deals with the meltdowns that their kids have when they simply don’t get their own way.
Such as the one that ensues when you forget to bring cash for a trip to the candy store…
Make the job ten times quicker by getting the kids involved!
Even if it means redoing everything they do when they’ve gone to bed…
Millions of parents have to maintain a full-time job to make ends meet when raising their children, so, for many, it’s all about juggling the two – even if it means literally doing both things at the same time.
As a twin myself, I know that it’s completely normal for parents to sometimes forget who’s who, especially when babies look exactly the same…
Trust me, it happens.
When mom is out with her friends and a trip to the hardware store is urgently needed, one must use their initiative when pushing around two babies.
Moms aren’t the only ones who need some peace and quiet.
Simon has admitted to pretending to be using the bathroom in order to get fifteen minutes alone to read a book or listen to some music.
Fair enough is all that I can say!
Posing with a flawless, smiley baby for Instagram is pretty damn impossible – even if some influencers somehow make it look so incredibly easy.
Any parent in the world can relate to this photograph…
Having one child is noisy. But having four?
Simon expressed his dismay at his eldest daughter decision to learn the trumpet for school.
That’s exactly what a family home needs…
Well, it could be worse…
It could be a drum kit?
Simon took to his Insta to make this incorrect stereotype very clear, and went on to list the never-ending things that dads do, as well as moms!
This includes being a maid, a chef, a taxi driver, a logistics manager, a bank teller, and even a paramedic.
Making last-minute, make-shift costumes for the school performance with only a few hours notice is what dads are best at!
Kids will demand that you do whatever it is that you do to make them laugh over and over again until they’re old enough to stop finding it funny.
For instance, holding up a duvet den with your leg…
Every mom and dad, at some point during the years of raising children, will have at least one big boozy night and will have to deal with the consequences the next day by changing nappies and entertaining their eager-to-please toddlers.
Remember when Kim Kardashian promoted a private jet company and tried to emphasize with parents around the world about how hard it is to travel with kids?
Yeah, so do I…
Simon has outlined perfectly the reality of flying economy, or “normal,” as I’d like to put it, with children.
If any mom or dad on Instagram tries to claim that their toddler eats like they’re a member of the royal family – they’re lying.
Simon has demonstrated perfectly the eating habits of toddlers.
Simon demonstrates that every parent should stand their ground when it comes to toddler tantrums, even if that means standing on the sidewalk for 3 minutes waiting for his daughter to eventually get up from laying on the pavement.
Simon has created this account to show the realistic, but wonderful, aspects of being a dad to four young girls.
Simon has demonstrated his passion and dedication to being a good father and he’s clearly doing an amazing job.
Dads are just as important as moms and working hard to raise your children to be kind and decent human beings is all that anybody can ask from parents – even if it means losing sleep and a big part of your youth and social life…