Parents of 4 Daughters Get Really Real About Parenting and It's Kind of Amazing

This couple doesn't shy away from showing the messiest of parenting moments, and it's hilarious and totally refreshing.

There's been lots of talk about the overly varnished nature of social media—but in the middle of all that, there's Simon Hooper, a London-based father of four who shares an unfiltered (no pun intended!) look at parenting with his 276,000 followers. 

The dad, who operates under the Instagram handle @father_of_daughters, posts about day-to-day life with his four daughters, all of whom are under 10 years old. The father doesn't just share photos of his misadventures in fatherhood, he also adds comments that tell the stories behind the shots. Take, for example, a photo that shows Hooper and his wife, Clementine, checking their daughter's hair for traces of lice.

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

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"...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," he writes. 

Hooper's wife shares hilarious photos on her own Instagram feed, which runs under the handle @mother_of_daughters and boasts 136,000 followers. 

The father also shared a so-true-it-hurts photo depicting what happens when his wife is out of town and he's left to care for two of their children on his own. "As a dad, I usually have inbuilt noise cancelling and can sleep through an thrash metal gig but last night was something else," he writes of the noise that ensued in his home during the experience."The neighbours must have thought I was skinning cats with a wooden spoon at 3.30am - the noise was endless - the kind of noise that cuts through you & drains you of any memory of who you are or what you're doing until your brain dribbles out your ear." Sounds familiar, right?

Well that was fun. @mother_of_daughters is away with the eldest 2 so I have the twins. Delilah was up & down last night more than a yoyo who'd necked a crate of redbull. As a dad, I usually have inbuilt noise cancelling and can sleep through an thrash metal gig but last night was something else. The neighbours must have thought I was skinning cats with a wooden spoon at 3.30am - the noise was endless - the kind of noise that cuts through you & drains you of any memory of who you are or what you're doing until your brain dribbles out you ear. They seem to have forgotten the whole experience and moved on. I'll just scoop up my eye bags so they don't drag on the floor. To top it all, the car is broken so I can't get to my brother's birthday. A shocker of a day so far. #brainonthefloor #alongwiththeeyebags #brokencar #twins #comehomeplease #parenting #fatherofdaughter #dadlife #instadad

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“In general my whole account is to show a realistic view of what parenting is like from a parent’s perspective,” Hooper, who works as an operations director for a management consulting company, tells The Huffington Post. “There is way too much sugarcoating 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. Everyone is dealing with the same issues in this journey called parenting.”

It's so refreshing to see someone who is willing to be honest about the crazy, chaotic experience of parenthood. This couple's willingness to share the messy parts of their lives with followers is pretty wonderful, don't you think?

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