I'm a mum-of-10 & my crazy morning routine involves waking up 5am to make the lunches – people think it’s a ‘nightmare’

MUM-OF-TEN Alicia Dougherty has shared the vast piles of food she has to prepare before her children's breakfast and lunches before they wake up. 

The mother of the Dougherty Dozen showed off her regular morning routine to her 2.4million TikTok followers.

In two short video clips, she films herself making their food after waking up at 5am. 

And you can see she hand makes everything. 

From preparing bags of fruit, to makings their sandwiches and adding snacks into their packed lunch, Alicia doesn’t miss a trick. 

And people have been quick to comment, as they are stunned by her organisation.


One wrote: “You’re so organised. I love it.” 

“She’s putting in effort with her kids and ya’ll (SIC) complaining. Ya’ll wish your mum would do the same for you.” 

However, some just thought it was a “nightmare” watching her do this. 

Another added: “Lesson learned, never have kids.”

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.

Although the kids aren't expected to do chores, they do have some responsibilities, Alicia explained.

To help manage the hectic family schedule, each child's daily activities are written on a white board in the kitchen, which has their entire day broken down into time slots.

The boys play football in a team with their dad as the coach, while some of the older kids take music lessons.

In summer, all of the kids swim daily for hours “to burn off excess energy, and because water is a calming, therapeutic source.”

For a savvy cleaning hack, check out this video on how to clean a rug with a saucepan lid.

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We also shared how a mum feeds her family of four for £1.50 each a day and shares her monthly meal plan so you can too.

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