A daddy blogger has been slammed by mums after admitting he can’t tell his own twin girls apart.

Simon Hooper, 35, aka Father of Daughters, a popular dad-of-four with 919,000 Instagram followers, joked he was “back to square one” when his wife Clemmie dressed the girls the same.

Posting on Instagram, Mr Hooper wrote that he thought he had finally nailed it and that the days of referring to the girls as “this one”, “that one” or “the twins” were at an end.

He claimed he had mistakenly believed that “I was going to be a parent who could distinguish between my genetic copycats. I was wrong,” Mr Hooper wrote.

“Thanks to @mother_of_daughters dressing them as mirror images of themselves, today I was straight back to square one & spent the next 15 minutes playing a real-life guess who.”


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I thought I had it nailed – I thought the days of refering 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. Thanks to @mother_of_daughters dressing them as mirror images of themselves, today I was straight back to square one & spent the next 15 minutes playing a real-life guess who – calling them the wrong names only to receive blank faces & zero responses in return. I’m strongly considering shaving one of their heads. Screw the curls – the need to identify my own children is more important. #twinlife #myscrewed #noshedidit #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #fod #twins #guesswho

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Mr Hooper said he called his daughters the wrong names and received blank faces and zero responses from them.

“I’m strongly considering shaving one of their heads. Screw the curls — the need to identify my own children is more important,” he wrote.

Mr Hooper’s post sparked a fierce debate on Mumsnet, where some questioned how a parent could not know their own kids.

One mum wrote: “I get that they’re identical (and they really are visibly so) but he’s their dad! ”

Another mum commented that her daughters were identical twins and “they can’t tell themselves apart in photos”.

Another mum, who’s a hospital worker, shared: “We had a dad that brought the wrong twin to A&E once.”

One mum wrote that her husband couldn’t tell the difference between “our two non twins when they were babies”.

Other mums pointed out that his post was all tongue in cheek and they were pretty sure he did know which twin was which. It was all just innocent fun. 


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Our house is fast becoming a commune for dolls that have cast aside the constraints of clothing & embraced their natural form in all its glory. In other words, it’s a plastic nudist camp. I have drawers literally full of fake people rocking all sorts vaginas and penis’s, ranging from limbless pound shop dolls with smooth under carriages all the way up to these rather detailed, anatomically correct ones that love nothing more than letting it all hang free, and I for one am tired of having a penis pushed it my face at bed time (there’s a sentence I never thought I say). Through hosting this ‘celebration of the flesh’ I’ve also learnt that girls think Willie’s are hands down, THE most hilarious thing on the planet, which is just great for me. Do boys find vaginas funny? Not that I’m aware. So why is our manhood worth more laughs than a sellout comedy gig? I’m off to get surgery to make myself completely smooth so the laughing will stop. #plasticnudistcamp #willyintheface #dontlaughatit #fatherofdaughters #dadlife #instadad #fod

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  • I doubt he’s alone in this problem – and a lot of what he said was joking!

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  • People can’t see the funny side of anything. It’s a man thing, my dad couldn’t give my date of birth and allergies at the hospital when i was 8 or so. Me and the nurse both thought it was funny

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  • Lol! I imagine it would be tricky.

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  • Lol that’s funny though…

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  • I’d say he was just having a bit of fun at his own expense.

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  • I’m tipping it’s all said in fun. They are just gorgeous and cute and no doubt will play games of identify and cause double trouble as they get older.

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  • Those twins are just adorable! Those smiles!

    I think he’s trying to be funny.

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  • I do think he was just being comical.

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  • My mum and her twin sister were very identical and nobody could keep them apart. When they were both engaged they swapped fiancees once, who didn’t notice !


    • My father when he asked my mum’s father for permission to marry her was answered back by “which one”. It turns out when mum had a nursing shift that went over her twin sister would go on the date, so dad had dated both of them. Yes it can be hard to twins apart sometimes. On mum’s 2nd wedding day , some of her friends who had not meet my aunt thought she was a tired version of their friend. By the age of 70 years my aunt looked the oldest of the two as she was.

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  • Twins have a great sense of humour! Even when you get it right they will trick you! and do so from a young age. From my experience it is easy to get it wrong when you are just glancing, going on voice alone, or are thinking about one and see the other; and when they are ‘babies’ and you are sleep deprived :) Confusion can be rife even between the twins, who can’t tell each other apart in photos; and have made hilarious mistakes, like walking in an art gallery (alone with dad at the time while the twin was doing an exam) encountering a full length mirror, and being stunned that their other twin was walking towards them!

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  • This would happen to everyone! I used to work in childcare and we had twins that at times we couldn’t tell apart.

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  • If they are Indentical It probably happens to most twin parents.

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  • If they are totally identical then it probably happens to may parents!

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  • I think most parents of identical twins struggle to tell them apart unless they’re up close.

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  • This made me laugh. I don’t have twins but they do run in the family and are hard to tell apart.

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