I’m a mum-of-10 after adopting 6 kids – people keep trolling us saying they ‘hate our smiles’, they're just insecure

A MUM-OF 10 told how she was trolled for her children's SMILES – just weeks after revealing online bullies criticised her for the amount she spent on their food.

Alicia Dougherty, the matriarch of the Dougherty Dozen, revealed the sad news on her Instagram page.

She said: "People keep trolling on my videos that they hate our smiles. I guess I’m biased but I think they’re all 100 percent.

"Happiness comes from knowing we are worthy of being our true, authentic selves.

"We see the negativity. But we brush it off.

"Because we know it comes from OTHER people’s insecurities and triggers. It’s not on us. It’s on them.

"I appreciate those of you who have checked in on us over the past few weeks as we’ve been massively trolled by unhappy, insecure people.

"I promise you, we are good."

Alicia, from the USA, adopted six of her children and regularly posts updates on them on her popular Instagram pages.

But when she showed off her food haul, she was also slammed.

A weekly shop including 25 bananas 5.5kg of chicken and 191 packets of crisps was mocked by trolls..

The total cost of the mountainous food shop was £876, adding up to around a hefty £45k food bill.

In the short clip she said: "The following will last us for almost one week plus I had to get supplies for the boy's football party later today.

"I did not get apples we're going to go apple picking for those later. I did get produce including 25 bananas."

She continued to mover her camera around the huge stacks of food explaining what she had purchased.

She said: "Some snacks including 191 packs of chips. Bread for the week, a few boxes of cereal.

"Dairy for the week including 14lbs of cheese, lunchables, coffee, some canned goods, meat including 12.5lb chicken. 6lb of pasta and a few random things and that's all for today!"

In a 2018 interview with People, Alicia and Josh explained that all six of their adopted kids have behavioural issues and suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – making family life a little more challenging.

Although they weren't aware of this when adopting their first son Alex – who was four at the time, the parents threw themselves into helping him – and went on to help other kids with "difficult behaviours."

"We became known as the parents who could handle the difficult behaviours," Alicia said, and now, the power duo share insight into their hectic family life in TikTok and Instagram.

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