A mother of ten who spends at least $1,000 a week on groceries has wowed TikTok with her incredible meal-preparation skills after sharing images of herself preparing food at 5 a.m.
Alicia Dougherty, 40, of Pittsford, New York, has six adopted and four biological children with her husband, Josh. More than 1.1 million people follow her on TikTok, where she posts about her family of 12 – called the ‘Dougherty Dozen’.
The busy mother, whose children range from two to 15 years old, is seen separating vitamins, packing lunches and preparing breakfast before dawn in a viral video which has been viewed a whopping 18 million times.
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Devoted Mom: Alicia Dougherty, 40, of Pittsford, New York, has gone viral on TikTok after she shared a video of her preparing a meal for her 10 children at 5 a.m.
Busy: The busy mom, whose kids range in age from two to 15, is seen in her viral video separating vitamins, packing lunches and making breakfast
Dolly Parton’s hit “9 to 5” shows her whipping up sandwiches — a mix of peanut butter and jelly and ham — and putting them in snack lunch boxes.
She then slices apples, divides muffins and stirs eggs which she puts on 10 plastic plates for when her kids wake up.
More than 41,000 TikTok users commented on the incredible clip, and many had nothing but praise for the devoted mom.
“I know this isn’t a serious or sentimental post, but every day I wished my mom had cooked my lunch as a kid and she never did. You are a good mother,” one wrote.
Another agreed: ‘You’re a superhero!! They’re lucky to have a mother like you.’
Still busy: she then slices apples, divides muffins and stirs eggs which she puts on 10 plastic plates for when her kids wake up
Family of 12: Alicia has six adopted and four biological children with her husband, Josh
Typical Meals: Over 1.1 million people follow her on TikTok, where she posts about her family of 12, the ‘Dougherty Dozen’
Lots of food: the love of the Dougherty ‘Taco Tuesday’, which requires Alicia to make at least three pounds of ground beef to feed everyone
More to prepare: Alicia also has to make snacks for her kids throughout the day. She cuts fruit or makes cheese and cracker boards
“Mom, I have two kids and don’t get along very well,” someone else said. “I greet you mom.”
A number of people joked about contraception and asked why she has so many children, while not being aware of her previous one fertility problems and the fact that more than half of her children are adopted.
Alicia told Good morning America that she and her husband, Josh, had been trying to have a baby for nine years. After 11 miscarriages, they decided to adopt their son Alex from a foster home in 2011.
Just six days later, she found out she was pregnant with their daughter Zoey. Over the years they continued to adopt from the agency Children awaiting parents, while also having more biological children.
The parents now have 10 children – Harlee, Bodhi, Jason, Jordan, Dash, Zoey, Bree, Patrick, James and Alex – and they plan to adopt more children, especially teenagers because “they are least likely to be adopted.” to become’. ‘
Miracle: Alicia and Josh tried for nine years to have a baby and suffered 11 miscarriages before adopting their son Alex in 2011. Six later, the mother heard she was pregnant
Filled with love: Over the years, they continued to adopt as they had more biological children. They plan to adopt more children in the future
Committed: All six of their adopted children suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and have behavioral issues that they have helped manage
Alicia and Josh shared: People in a 2018 interview that all six of their adopted children suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and have behavioral problems.
“We became known as the parents who could handle the difficult behavior,” Alicia explained, while Josh, an elementary school special education teacher, added: “We thought, if we do this for one child, what difference will a make another?’
Many of Alicia’s TikToks show how she plans meals, runs errands, and does laundry. She also talks about going on vacation, getting ice cream and attending baseball games as a family, which can be incredibly expensive.
In her recent interview with GMA, the mom said she came to TikTok during the pandemic as an outlet and ended up having fun with it.
“I think it’s this part of our story that inspires others,” she said, adding, “You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to be a perfect cookie-cutting family. You can be great and just show up.”