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Puberty Distribution Infographic

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Puberty Distribution in the large family.

It’s no joke.


  1. karla

    haha, some dear friends had four babies in just under 5 years. As they hit 10-13 years old, one day she said, “No one pointed out that they would all hit puberty at the same time!”

  2. Robyn

    I examined a placenta the other day. Quadruplet girls. My quote: “Imagine the drama in that house in 15 years!”

  3. Chris

    Oh my gosh…the twins…

    Why is there only a girl in the 16-17 and 18 categories? Girls can be pretty dramatic as teenagers, but I don’t think that boys are too mature at 16.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Well that *might* happen to be the distribution of boys and girls in our family right now. But I would never say that because it might *cough, cough* embarrass my children or something.

  4. Erica Sargent

    I’m working on a very similar post for my blog. We too just kept piling on the babies, never able to imagine what it”d be like to have 5 young adults in the house at once! Lots of fun, but the learning curve is interesting. Ahem. Would love more posts about teens in the future. If we can’t laugh thru it, we’ll lose it!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      This was one of the requested topics when I asked readers recently…but honestly I am at a loss for “topics”. Any suggestions?

  5. Kristi

    If your kids figure out you and Chuck are smart when they are only 18, I’d say you’re doing pretty well! It took me until I was almost 30 to recognize (again, since childhood) that my parents had good qualities, I hope my kids realize that sooner than I did, LOL!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I’m pretty sure Adalia already thinks we’re smart, so I guess she’s ahead of the curve…

  6. Lydia

    Hi, we have 6 children, our oldest, Aaron just turned 25 and our youngest, Eric who has a combination of Down syndrome, epilepsy and autism is 14. I didn’t think that far ahead when we had 5 under 5 1/2. Even though we have to be a good example, I guess if we bring them up with God’s standards, they will have that standard to live up to, not our own. Our 5 sons and 1 daughter have been very loyal to us and each other. Although Eric has his own special needs, he’s very easy going and keeps us all thankful.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Well the two sons of yours that I’ve met are fabulous young men! You must be doing something right.

  7. Kara

    Well, my husband wants to know how you manage bathroom time. I always struggle with privacy versus family time. Clothing management for teens would also be a good topic. Just brainstorming here.

      • Kara

        By clothing management, I mean how do you keep the older children’s clothes where they belong and in what condition? For the little kids I go through all their clothes, figure out how many of each item they need and how many will fit in their drawers etc. If clothes don’t get put away properly I’m the one who rearranges things or put some things away until they are needed. With the older kids (okay, no names but this seems to be more of a girl issue) I’m struggling with how much control I have versus how much they have as to how many clothes they own and how well they fit in the drawer/closet space. It’s a lot harder when they can buy their own clothes, but I still want to be able to walk through their rooms. Or, to put this plainly Devon’s clothes seem to be taking over the entire girl’s room and since she buys many of her own it is a lot harder for me to just pack up all but 3 daily outfits and one nice thing and not allow any more until the ones she has left are consistently put away properly like I did when she was 8. I know you don’t put up with clutter and have pretty high standards for your children’s rooms, so I’m wondering how you handle it with the older kids.

        • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

          I’m actually planning a clothing management post soon (when we switch over to spring/summer clothing). I’ll work on something from the teen angle as well. Thanks for the response.

  8. Kate

    How do you (and Chuck) deal with having some quiet, personal time? I love my three to bits but if it wasn’t for daycare once a week I’m not sure I’d been sane enough to be a good mama! Has this ever been an issue for your family?

  9. Amanda

    Ha ha I realy enjoyed this writing of you. We only have 3 children but the first 2 is 12 and 10 years older than number 3. Big sis is 28 now and married, little sis is 18. A while back big sis told me “She (little sis) need a hiding and with the same breath asked “Were I like that too?” I had a real good laugh.

  10. Peg

    Our children, all adults now, were born in ’69, ’70, 73, ’80 and ’83. I was pregnant with the last one and realized that we would have children graduating from High School in three separate decades, two separate centuries and two different milleniums. ( 1987, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2001.) GASP
    BTW…when the child born in 1980 was about 15, he told me he knew he was my favorite child. I told him my favorite children were the ones who had moved out.

    Happy Easter to all.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      “I told him my favorite children were the ones who had moved out.” That’s hilarious!

  11. Antique Mommy

    I must be slow. I never hit that “Wow my parents are really smart” stage until after I lived on my own. I finally got the “Wow my parents really love me” after I had my own kiddo. At 44.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Yes, having your own children really makes you realize how much your parents love you.

  12. Gretchen

    I saw this thanks to Mary Ostyn at FB. I only have 9 kids, from (almost) 6 months old to (almost) 16 years old. There will always be someone in a state of hormonal distress from here on out.

  13. JoAbair

    we already have hormones going on… not too bad yet at this age. I never grew into “my mom is not smart” so I never had to come back to that. I always knew she was wise and awesome, but maybe not all kids go through it? maybe your kids wont experience that quite as much. My mom was my best friend through child hood, teen years and now into adult hood. I do remember being angry with her a few times, but I got over it. I have leaned on her since the moment I married, especially after we had children.

  14. Tasha

    So, here is some random information for you. I spent about two hours working on balancing last months budget and updating this months budget. My mind is pretty well mush while my husband and two little girls have been asleep during nearly the entire time I’m working on the budget. Since I’m now done for the night, I needed a break from all of the number crunching, and your website is one of my go-tos when I actually have half a moment to relax. Thank you for regularly updating your blog. I’m a month behind in my monthly updates on my blog. It is on my to do list;) This post was absolutely hilarious, so I wanted you to know that your sense of humor is why I check your blog more often than any other!!!

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