Parents defend daddy blogger as he struggles to tell his twins apartFebruary 14, 2019
‘A real life game of Guess Who!’ Dad blogger is blasted for admitting he can’t tell his OWN twin daughters apart – but can YOU spot any differences between them?
- London dad blogger Simon Hooper, 35, struggles to tell his twins apart
- Daughters Ottie and Delilah are identical with blonde ringlets and blue eyes
- The post sparked a debate on Mumsnet and one questioned his parenting
- But other users defended him, saying it is tricky to distinguish between twins
A daddy blogger sparked an online debate after he admitted he struggles to tell his own twin daughters apart.
Simon Hooper, 35, from London of Instagram account Father of Daughters, revealed to his 919,000 followers his difficulties distinguishing between three-year-olds Ottie and Delilah.
Sharing a photos of the adorable girls, he wrote: ‘I thought I had it nailed – I thought the days of referring to Ottie and Delilah simply as “this one”, “that one” and “the twins” were numbered and that I was going to be a parent who could distinguish between my genetic copycats. I was wrong.’
Simon Hooper, 35, of Instagram account Father of Daughters, revealed to his 919,000 followers his difficulties distinguishing between three-year-olds Ottie and Delilah, pictured
Ottie and Delilah have near identical features, with bouncy blonde curls and big blue eyes
Simon with his twin daughters, Ottie and Delilah. He jokingly said that he is tempted to shave the head of one of his children to make sure he can tell the difference
Referring to his wife, Clemmie Hooper, who is behind the wildly popular Mother of Daughters account, Simon continued: ‘Thanks to @mother_of_daughters for dressing them as mirror images of themselves, today I was straight back to square one and spent the next 15 minutes playing a real-life guess who – calling them the wrong names only to receive blank faces and zero responses in return.
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‘I’m strongly considering shaving one of their heads. Screw the curls – the need to identify my own children is more important.’
The light-hearted post was shared last week and later prompted a discussion on Mumsnet.
Kicking off the thread, one user questioned how the father, who has three other daughters, could not tell his own twins apart.
The 35 year old regularly posts images of his twin daughters on his Instagram, which has over 900k followers
The light-hearted post was shared last week and later prompted a discussion on Mumsnet, pictured. Kicking off the thread, one user questioned how the father couldn’t tell them apart
She wrote: ‘I get that they’re identical (and they really are visibly so) but he’s their dad!
‘I used to babysit identical twin girls when they were between the ages of 14 months and 2, and within a month I could reliably tell them apart.
‘It was partly down to incredibly subtle variations in their appearance (e.g. the way their hair fell), but mostly it was their personalities. They were very obviously two different people.
Simon is married to midwife and Instagram star Clemmie Hooper, who is behind the wildly popular Mother of Daughters account
While some users expressed outrage, others jumped to his defence, explaining that their husbands regularly misidentify their children
‘Maybe FOD’s twins are also identical in their personalities and that’s why it’s so hard, or maybe he’s just joking about it for the sake of being funny on Instagram.
‘But I must admit I find it weird if it’s something he can’t reliably do, especially as he’s clearly a hands on dad!’
However others were quick to defend Simon.
One wrote: ‘We have 3 dear children – all different ages, but incredibly alike – my dear husband struggles with baby pictures and has to check with me who is who. To be fair, he will say ‘is this dear child 1?’ and usually he is right, but not always!
Another commented: ‘My dear husband cannot tell the difference between our two non twins when they were babies. I purposely change the photos to black and white so he can’t tell by the colour of the clothes and make him guess.’
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