A DADDY blogger has been slammed by mums after admitting he can’t tell his own twin daughters apart.
Simon Hooper, 35, aka Father of Daughters, a popular dad-of-four with 919,000 followers on Instagram, joked he was “back to square one” when his wife Clemmie dressed the girls the same.
His three-year-old daughters, Ottie and Delilah, both have gorgeous blonde curls, blue eyes and the same cheeky smile.
Posting on Instagram, Simon wrote: “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.”
Simon’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!
“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.
“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!”
While another woman criticised: “I’m sure he’s well able to tell his kids apart. Everything he posts is planned, staged and rehearsed. There’s nothing spontaneous about any of his posts, it’s not reality.”
But others defended the dad, saying they had similar struggles with their own kids.
One mum wrote: “My DH (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”.
While a second woman commented: “If you put photos of me & my sister as babies in front of my mum she often struggles to know which is which, and we aren’t even twins!
“I have 3 dc (dear kids), and my 2 boys baby pics some even I can’t tell 100% always.
“I think sometimes it’s easily done to have a delay is your memory working”.
And a third mum added: “My daughters are identical twins and they can’t tell themselves apart in photos.
“I can tell them apart quite easily, their facial expressions are different – to me they look very different.
“But every other person in their lives can’t tell them apart – their father is getting better at it, but still gets them mixed up a lot.”
Another mum, who’s a hospital worker, shared: “We had a dad that brought the wrong twin to A&E once.”
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