Simon Hooper, dad-of-four is having trouble telling his twin daughters apart. The blogger dad uploaded a picture on Instagram where he has 919,000 followers, and captioned it as, “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. 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.”
This post was enough to start a debate on how could a parent not know his own kids. One mother said that it might be difficult but not impossible to identify your twin daughters and further explains that she herself babysat identical twins when they were 14 months old and she was able to recognize them within a month. She also takes it another way that father must have posted to sound funny on Instagram but it is really weird if the father can’t distinguish. Also, it is shameful.
Others were just making fun of how his posts are never real and always planning, staging and rehearsal go behind the posts.
There were people who supported the parents and said that this is just part of the struggles a father goes through. Mothers were accepting going through the same struggle and not being able to recognize their own kids sometimes and shared the tricks they used to apply to find the difference between their own kids.
Another mother who is also a hospital worker said, “We had a dad that brought the wrong twin to A&E once.” So, not recognizing your identical twin babies is a daily thing.