Father Of Four Girls Showcases His Hectic, Wonderful Life On Instagram

It seems like more and more of Instagram is becoming a competition to see who has the most beautiful, perfect life. While you may actually have a beautiful and perfect life (in fact, we hope you do), no one’s life is always picturesque. That goes double if you’re a parent.

If you’re a parent, chances are that photo of your baby in a fedora in a field of heather was the result of at least an hour of soothing, hushing, and just one good picture out of probably hundreds. While a great picture, yes, it’s certainly not reflective of 99% of what life is like as a parent. Simon Hooper knows this and has decided to chronicle his life with four daughters in a raw, hilarious Instagram account of his own. Under the Instagram username @fathers_of_daughters, Hooper showcases his lovely girls being real happy children as he simply tries to keep up.

Cooking with the family is important so that they get an early interest in what healthy eating is all about. But when you add two 10 month work experience kitchen hands to the mix who have minimum training and hygiene standards that would get a greasy kebab placed closed down, Jamie Olivers 15 minutes meals turn into Simon hooper's 90 minute botch jobs. In the end you just chuck it all in and hope for the best. The likelihood is that it will get rejected by the discerning clientele anyway. Might as well just short cut the whole process and chuck the raw food directly into the bin. #masterchefiaint #sausageandchipsitis #worstworkexperienceever #ottieatearawgarlicwhole #whydowebother #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad

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Hooper is the husband of a midwife and father to a 9-year-old, 6-year-old, and a pair of 10-month-old twins. He classifies himself as a jack of all trades: “a handy man, taxi driver, swimming instructor, tutor, chef, counsellor, human climbing frame, bank, personal shopper and PA.”

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

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After a week of wiggling, twisting & flicking, Marnie finally lost her first tooth. I was so please for my, now lisping, daughter until she informed me that some kid in her class got £5 (WTF) for his tooth – the tooth fairy is obviously sensitive to inflation and the fluctuations of the world economy – but come on – that's £100 for a full set of 20! Which parent out there is dishing out £5 a tooth?! If I find them, I'm going to force feed them their own teeth as they have set a ridiculous benchmark for everyone else to live up to. I may actually have to sell my own teeth to cover this! #iswearigot10patooth #50pforbigones #toothfairytax #thetoothfairyisobviouslyloaded #toothinflation #fatherofdaughters #instadad #dadlife

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we have A LOT of toys for the girls. Some hand-me-downs, some brand new. We offer up the hand made, ethically sourced, non toxic, bespoke blocks made from organic, carbon offset wood, lovingly sourced from Norway. They look down their nose at them with disgust, decide they're tosh and toss them to one side. Then they go on a rampage to find keys, my wallet, my phone, anything that resembles a remote control and plastic packaging. If that fails, they bug me until i give up the goods. Many mornings, you'll find me running around the house, quietly cursing the babies, who've hidden my cash / debit card and /or keys. guess I should get used to this as I hear teenage girls take the same stuff. #stophidingmyshit #pointlessexpensivetoys #allthebabieswantismywallet #girlstakemystuff #ishouldgetusedtoit #fatherofdaughters#dadlife #instadad

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His endearing posts feature him answering awkward sex ed questions that his dautgher has for him, highlights the struggle of trying to dress two little girls at once, and shows the physical strain he must put up with as his silly eldest daughters try to swing off him like monkeys.

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

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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

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Adorable and genuine, Hooper is clearly and awesome dad. “My whole account is to show a realistic view of what parenting is like from a parent’s perspective,” says Hooper. ““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.” Not to mention, Hooper is doing a fantastic job at preserving those precious, fleeting moments of his girls’ childhood.

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

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This Is The Reason Why Some Great Depression Photos Were Punched With Holes

The Great Depression was a turning point for the United States, but culturally, economically, and socially. It was such a low that today our government does whatever it can to prevent such a time from happening again. Through it all, however, it was a such a defining era in U.S. history, that we will never forget it, and looking back at that time is somewhat fascinating.

By the time the Great Depression took hold, journalism and photography were joined firmly hand in hand, and many journalists and photographers set out to document this historic time, giving faces to those who were suffering, and showcasing the people affected by the Depression. Many, many iconic photos came out of that era, but there were also some that never hit the press, thanks to one man – Roy Stryker.

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Stryker was the director of the Farm Security Administration’s documentary photography program. The FSA was a program that aimed to fight rural poverty, and the documentary photography program was there to record the people and their plight. Stryker as editor of the program demanded the best out of his photographers, and though he gave them extensive information about their assignments before sending them out to the field, he was a bit of a “tyrannical editor” when it came to defining what the “best” photographs were.

When photographers would turn in their assignments, Stryker was notorious for punching holes through the negatives of photos he didn’t like, “killing” the photo.

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Naturally, this infuriated photographers at the time, who may have liked or had emotional attachments to the photos they were turning in. Luckily, the hole punch negatives mostly still persisted, and in their own right still show an iconic era in U.S. history, despite the big black dot that sits on most of them. Today, they are stored at the Library of Congress and are on exhibition in New York City currently.

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As Edwin Rosskam, a photographer at the time, puts it, “[The] punching of holes through negatives was barbaric to me… I’m sure that some very significant pictures have in that way been killed off, because there is no way of telling, no way, what photograph would come alive when.”

IMAGES SOURCE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS