Dadvengers Podcast Episode 22 – Simon Hooper, AKA Father of Daughters

It’s Dadvengers Podcast Episode 22 – Simon Hooper, AKA Father of Daughters! This weeks guests describes himself as outnumbered by girls – and we have to agree with him! He is also an influencer, a fundraiser, and a mental health advocate – Simon is smashing it all!

In this episode we delve into Simon’s great relationship with his own dad. Who he describes as a “great role model”. We touch on mental health and how Simon uses his instagram as an outlet when he needs to talk. We also chat about how he copes parenting four very different daughters who know how to push his buttons!

Next we delve into the really important topic of childhood diabetes. In 2020 Marnie (Simon’s eldest daughter) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Something completely unexpected, and that Simon knew very little about. This diagnosis changed their lives, but it doesn’t stop his daughter doing all the things she wants to do.

Episode 22 is another great one for the Dadvengers Podcast, and it was amazing having Simon Hooper, AKA Father of Daughters, as a guest. Thanks Simon for joining us – and welcome to the Dadvengers crew!

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Dadvengers Podcast Ep 22 – Simon Hooper AKA Father of Daughters

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Episode Time Stamps

1:26 – Simon tells us about being a dad of four girls – and the difference from number one, to number four… “I feel like the twins get a rougher deal… as long as everyone’s smiling you’re doing a good job”

3:24 – “Social media is not necessarily real life…” – Simon delves into why he started his Instagram page to show the real side of life and parenting.

5:07 – We chat about becoming a dad at 23; and the up’s, down’s, and surprises of parenting!

7:38 – “I left my wife in a basement flat in London… with a baby who was 5 weeks old… and I was having a good time” – we talk taking a secondment with work and being away from his family.

12:16 – “Girls aren’t that much different to boys – they’re as messy, as stressy, as complicated!” – Simon tells us how he bonded with his daughters and what it’s like parenting girls!

14:40 – Simon tell us about his parents – “My dad is an inspirational role model…”

16:02 – “I thought my dad was going to punch me…” – Simon on his fear of telling his parents he was going to be a dad, and the great traits he has inherited from him!

20:53 – “She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes”. Simon opens up about his daughter being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and life changes this has led to.

24:55 – We chat about the impact of his daughter’s diabetes on him as a parent – “I hadn’t acknowledged how it impacted me as a parent… I broke and was crying about it”

29:58 – Simon on how he has made changes in his life, looks after his own mental health and has found his own outlets for looking after his mental wellbeing.

35:20 – Simon answers your questions!

Also on Dadvengers…

If you enjoyed this episode of the Dadvengers Podcast don’t forget to check out some of the others. We have dads from all sorts of backgrounds and industries talking about their journey’s through fatherhood. And more are being added all the time.

Whether you are male, female, and parent or a parenting professional there’s lots to be learned by listening to men tell their stories. We also have a comments box below if you’d like to leave your thoughts.

Another awesome guest that will hopefully inspire others to keep on learning as we parent. There is no one size fits all formula to being a dad we all have to adapt to whatever life throws at us.

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