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* Strange Parenting Tales: Fact or Fiction?

Updated on March 15, 2013

Stretch Your Imagination to the Limit... Strange but True

This lens has now grown to over two dozen parenting facts, world records and general parenting trivia that make this Fairly Goth Mother look rather normal by comparison.

In a culture of reality TV and instant YouTube stardom it is hard to imagine any parents more bizarre than Octomom or the Dugger family with their ever expanding families, but you need look no further that the World Record Books. There have been strange parenting stories throughout human history, and new records are being broken all of the time. Take for example the Worlds Smallest Mother, almost as wide as she is tall at full-term.

I've always been a bit strange when it came to my parenting but as far as I know it has never been the record setting sort of strange. I mostly just dress really weird and collect random and mostly useless facts. But when I find parents with even stranger stories than mine, I can't help but pay attention.

Like the sad and somewhat confusing case of Lina Medina the worlds youngest mother, who gave birth to her first son and went right back to playing with her baby dolls. Her geriatric counterpart, Mrs. Rajo Devi became the worlds oldest mother on record thanks to modern fertility drugs, but nature took its course in the end.

And did I mention the teenaged girl who hold the records for worlds youngest grandmother yet?

If you came here looking for the strangest parenting stories on planet Earth you need look no further. All World Records have been researched and verified to the best of my ability. So go ahead and test the limits of your imagination with this bizarre trip through the oddest parenting facts known to human kind. For the strangest of the strange parenting trivia we also have the worlds most prolific parents like the Russian peasant woman that gave birth to enough kids to more than triple the Duggar's count!

So. Please keep your hands and feet inside of the ride at all times, fasten your seat belts and please warm up your skeptical scoff before entering...

Shall we begin?

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In the arena of sad but true...

Worlds Youngest Mother: Lina Medina

Lina Medina was born in Paurange, Peru. Her family first sought medical attention believing the child had a tumor due causing her increasingly rounded belly. Discovery of Lina's pregnancy shocked the world.

Puzzled, doctors continued to study Lina Medina trying to determine the medical reasons for such an early pregnancy. It was eventually discovered that she suffered from a hormone condition known as "Precocious Puberty" that caused extremely early development. She began menstruating regularly at the age of 8 months (some sources state 3 years), and had fully developed breasts and ovaries at the time of conception.

On May 14, 1939, Worlds Youngest Mother, Lina Medina gave birth to a healthy six pound baby boy at the age of 5 years, 7 months, and 21 days old. She named the child Gerardo. Lina and Gerardo returned home, where it was noted that she still preferred playing with her dolls to the real live baby. Her parents took responsibility for raising him. Gerardo was ten before he discovered that his fifteen year old sister was actually his mother.

Youngest Mother Lina Medina is still alive today, and went on to live a normal life. She has refused to do media interviews. The identity of the father was never discovered. For a time Lina's father was held on a suspected charge of incest, until blood tests ruled him out. When questioned about the fathers identity, Lina was unable to give clear answers due to her young age, so nobody was ever charged.

Gerardo lived a normal life as well until his death from a bone marrow disease in 1979 at the age of 40.

More Info About Lina Medina, The World's Youngest Mother:

Damninteresting.com: History's Youngest Mother

Snopes.com: Lina Medina World's Youngest mother

Gerardo Medina Shocked To Discover He Was Born To Worlds Youngest Mother

Kids Health: Precocious Puberty and The Worlds Youngest Mother

World's Youngest Father?

Your guess is as good as...

Speaking of babies having babies...

World's Youngest Father: Unconfirmed

When it comes to the youngest father in the world the record is a little more tricky. First of all solid proof of paternity is still a fairly new science that doesn't go back far enough to confirm many of these stories. There are many unconfirmed reports of boys becoming fathers while still in the single digits including reports of a 6 year old boy from China around the turn of the century and another 6 year old from the U.K. in 1864.

The youngest parents in history are rumored to be a Chinese couple that gave birth to a baby boy in 1910. The father is claimed to have been 9 years old and the mother, 8 years of age but no records can be found to substantiate this. So you don't have to stretch yourself quite that far.

Sean Stewart from Sharnbrook, England became a candidate for World's Youngest Father in 1998 when his neighbor became pregnant at the age of 16. At the time she had believed Shawn to be fourteen. She did not find out that he was on 12 until news of her pregnancy broke. Sean was given the day off from school to attend the birth of his son. Shawn said he planned to be a good father to his son.

And how has World's Youngest Father, Shawn Stewart, done in his life? Let's just say his decision making skills do not appear to have improved. The child's mother reports that she has not seen Sean in several years and Sean's last known location was a jail cell.

Youngster Alfie Patten was believed to have become a World's Youngest Father at age 13 for a short time, but DNA tests have since ruled him out as the baby's father. So, as far as anybody can tell the record for World's Youngest Confirmed Father is still Sean Stewart, at least currently...

World's Youngest Father: Sean Stewart

World's Youngest Father: Sean Stewart age 12

World's Youngest Father Calls Jail Cell Home

World's Youngest Mother
World's Youngest Mother

The World's Youngest Grandparents

A 17 year old GRANDmother?

According to a great many sources, the world's youngest grandmother was Mum-Zi a member of Chief Akkire's harem from Calabar, Nigeria. Mum-zi became a mother at the age of 8, her daughter then went on to have a child at the age of 8 making Mum-zi a grandmother by age seventeen. Unfortunately little else is known about Mum-Zi, I found that the original source of the story is Ripley's Believe It or Not. Other than that nothing.

The confirmed record for World's Youngest grandmother is held by Rifca Stanescu. Stanescu was 12 when she gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Maria. Maria quit school to marry when she was 10, and her son Ian was born six months later when Maria was just 11 years old making her mother Rifca the worlds oldest grandmother on record at the ripe old age of 23.

The title of the world's youngest grandfather goes to Nikola Kostic, who fathered his son Stanko at age 13. Stanko became a father at age 13 as well, making Nikola Kostic a grandpa at the age of 26.

More Info About The Worlds Youngest Grandparents

Worlds Oldest Grandmother (rumored): Mum-zi, 17

World's Youngest Confirmed Grandmother: Rifca Stanescu, 23

World's Youngest Grandfather: Nikola Kostic, 26

Born pregnant?

Aphids are born pregnant, and give birth to their pregnant offspring at just ten days old.

World's Oldest Mother

Mrs. Rajo Devi age 70-ish

The current record for worlds oldest mother tentatively goes to Mrs. Rajo Devi Lohan.

Mrs. Lohan gave birth to her first child, a healthy baby girl in 2008. She and her husband Balla named the child Naveen. The new mother was 70 years old, or at least she thought she was, her husband believes that she was 72. The mothers real age at the time of birth is questionable as many in rural India do not have birth certificates this can not be confirmed or denied.

In India infertility is often considered a divine curse. Balla Lohan's first two wives were unable to become pregnant, and he was desperate for an heir. He suffered great social stigma for remaining childless after 50 years of marriage. For many years the couple has hidden themselves away shamed by their inability to have a child. Many had urged Balla to divorce his wife and find one who was capable of giving him a child. The couple tried pregnancy through in-vitro fertilization and succeeded, at great cost. Mrs. Lohan was unable to recover from the trauma of giving birth and announced that she was dying only 18 months after giving birth to Naveen.

Before Mrs. Lohan, Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara held the record when she delivered twins at the age of 66 in 2006. Before that it was believed that Satyabhama Mahapatra retired schoolteacher from India held that record for worlds oldest mother giving birth to a baby boy at the age of 65. Another notable late pregnancy was that of Omkari Panwar, who at 70 years of age gave birth to twins. More mothers over age 50...

The record for worlds oldest father is currently held by Australia's Les Colley who became a father in 1992 at the age of 92 years and 10 months old. At the time he told newspapers of his young Fijian wife, "I never thought she would get pregnant so easy, but she bloody well did." Colley lived to within four months of his 100th birthday.

Also of note is the man pictured, Nanu Ram Jogi who fathered his (estimated) 21st child at the age of 90, making him the oldest living father. He plans to keep fathering children until he is 100. The secret to his vitality? He eats lots of meat.

Meet the Duggars, stars of the popular reality series 19 Kids and Counting.

Their decision to have so many children came after Michelle suffered a miscarriage. She had been on birth control pills, and did not know that a woman on birth control could conceive and miscarry a child. Based on their pro-life stance they made a pact of sorts with God. They asked him to forgive their selfish decision and to please bless them with as many children as he saw fit, in his timing. God apparently saw that as a challenge... since then they have been blessed abundantly.

Joshua James; March 3, 1988, Jana Marie; January 12, 1990, John-David; January 12, 1990, Jill Michelle; May 17, 1991, Jessa Lauren; November 4, 1992, Jinger Nicole; December 21, 1993, Joseph Garrett; January 20, 1995, Josiah Matthew; August 28, 1996, Joy-Anna; October 28, 1997, Jedidiah Robert; December 30, 1998, Jeremiah Robert; December 30, 1998, Jason Michael; April 21, 2000, James Andrew; July 7, 2001, Justin Samuel; November 15, 2002, Jackson Levi; May 23, 2004, Johannah Faith; October, 11 2005, Jennifer Danielle; August, 2 2007, Jordyn-Grace Makiya; December, 18 2008, Josie Brooklyn; December, 10 2009.

Were you keeping count there? That is 19 children, yes 19 and believe it or not the Duggars haven't broken any records that I know of, besides possibly having the most children in one family to have the same first letter in their names...

So let's take a look at some mothers who have broken records.

All Families Are Awkard - ...the ones who aren't are lying.

Thankfully some families are more strange than others, so if you ever find yourself feeling as if you come from the strangest family on the planet just pick up a copy of this book. Trust me, you really, really don't...

Awkward Family Photos
Awkward Family Photos

If been called strange myself a time or two, but next to these families I'm June Cleaver! Awkward family photos from some of the oddest families around. Fact or Fiction?

 

Does she have kids or puppies? That's not a birth... it's a litter.

Octomom does not hold the world's record for the most multiples in one birth though. *applause*.

The Broderick family of Australia had nontuplets in 1971, the strongest surviving six days. In 1999 the Saad family of Malaysia also had nine babies, but none survived more than a few hours.

With the advent of fertility drugs, and IVF extreme multiple births are old news, so lets go back a bit further now shall we?

In 1954 we find a multiple birth story that is even more unbelievable. In 1954, 28 year old Mrs. Boyd Braxton, mother of six, gave birth to triplets. The two girls were born first, with a boy being delivered 18 days later. Mrs. Braxton it seems had been born with a double uterus.

And finally... the woman who bore a village.

According to church records the first wife of Russian peasant Feodor Vassilyev gave birth to an astounding 69 children before her death in 1782. She was pregnant a total of 27 times, and 67 of those children survived infancy. Between 1725 and 1765 she gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets!

Somebody get that poor woman a shoe!!!

Feodor Vassilyev went on to remarry, and eventually sired another 20 children for a total of 87 children. cause of his firsts wife's death was presumably exhaustion...

Neither of his wives names are recorded...

True according to The Guinness Book of World Records 2004... but this skeptic makes some good points...

Go ahead, I'll wait...

As for the male record for most offspring...

Historians believe that Mulai Ismail,(1646-1727), second ruler of the Moroccan Alaouite dynasty may have sired well over 800 children through 500 wives. No wonder he looks so smug.

He was even rumored to have up to 700 male descendents just before his death. And thus the first book of baby names was (probably) born.

Image you know who courtesy of you know where

All of that work...

A female American oyster lays 500 million eggs per year on average. Only one of these will reach full maturity.

Longest, shortest and oddest pregnancies
Longest, shortest and oddest pregnancies

Shortest and Longest Span Between Births

How close is to close?

The World's Record for shortest span between births is held by Jayne Bleackley. Jayne gave birth to a son Robert Joseph on September 3, 1999 and her daughter Annie Jessica Joyce on March 30, 2000. The children were born an incredible 208 days (6.9 months) apart

Elizabeth Ann Buttle of Wales took the scenic route when she brought her two children into this world, making her the World record holder for the longest span between births. When Elizabeth was 19 she gave birth to her daughter Belinda on May 19,1956. She took a short break of 41 years and 185 days before giving birth to her second child. Elizabeth was 60 years old when son Joseph was born on November 20, 1997. Joseph's sister was old enough by then to be his grandmother.

Twenty-five year old Beulah Hunter may or may not hold the record for longest pregnancy to result in a living child. There has been much speculation about the validity of this pregnancy, some believe she must have become pregnant, lost the child and became pregnant again right away. Doctors point to her last menstruation on February 10, 1944 and a positive pregnancy test in March 1944 as evidence. 12 and a half months is a very looong time to be pregnant.

You will notice I had to qualify that one with the "to result in a living child" part? Well... the real record for "world's longest pregnancy" is a bit more bizarre.

A Moroccan woman was just seven months pregnant when her child died in utero. Because of a myth prevalent in her culture Zahara believed that the baby was sleeping inside of her to protect her honor. She presented herself for treatment 46 years later claiming shortness of breath and heaviness in her lower stomach and that is when the doctors discovered her oddly fossilized infant.

Over the years, the baby had been saturated with calcium where it did not cause her any apparent health problems for almost fifty years earning hers the title of undisputed "longest pregnancy on record." Now that's a real momma's boy!

Incredible Stories

I found this website while researching the information contained in this lens. So many incredible birth stories are contained within its pages that this lens took me far longer than it should have.

How long???

Elephants can be pregnant for up to 22 months. The alpine Salamander of Southern Europe has a gestation period of 38 months.

Bringing a child into the world is exhausting in the best scenario... but according to The Guinness Book of World Records it gets worse...

The worlds largest babies have all weighed more than all three of my children combined!

In 1879 to Anna Bates of Canada, famous for her own great height of 7'-5" tall gave birth to the worlds biggest baby at home in in Seville, Ohio. The baby weighed 23.12lb but he sadly died just 11 hours after birth.

The largest surviving child ever born came to Carmelina Fedele in Italy in 1955 weighing 22 pounds 8 ounces.

PS The baby shown here is actually not the world's biggest baby, Ademilton dos Santos is the biggest baby ever born in Brazil, weighing in at a mere 17 pounds!

The Official Baby Handbook: - A book of facts, lists, and helpful hints about babies and parenting

The Official Baby Handbook: A book of facts, lists, and helpful hints about babies and parenting
The Official Baby Handbook: A book of facts, lists, and helpful hints about babies and parenting

The Official Baby Handbook is a guide, reference, and source of trivia about babies and parenting. It offers solid instructional information for new parents on a wide variety of topics: what to take to the hospital, how to set up baby's room, a chart of baby's normal development and much, much more. The book is "sugar-coated" with fun facts and trivia about babies and parenting, fun reading for people interested in all things BABY! The book includes guides on such topics as photographing baby, traveling with baby by air, car, and bus, selecting furniture for baby's room, and more. Want to know baby's birthstone or official flower? The answers are within, as well as information on which celebrities share baby's birthday, which saint may be looking over baby, or strange facts and stories in the lore of babies. This is a useful, fun and entertaining guide, sure to be a delight for any parent or parent-to-be!

 

Another baby of note...

Closing...

You know, I started this lens to share some interesting facts but I began to notice something in the process. While I was already aware of most of these stories, I have never looked at them as a whole.

I've had a few years to get over the initial shock of finding out that a five year old child gave birth to a baby, but the sadness has not faded. Someone out there took advantage of a child so young that she was unable to articulate what had even happened to her.

I had a hard time finding the world's youngest parents because there are so many of them. Twelve, thirteen, fourteen, these are ages to be a kid, not to have a kid. Yet it isn't a new development, babies have been having babies for a very long time.

The sexism involved in many of these stories also rang out while I was writing it. How often the males are the ones in the spotlight while the females went unnamed. The suggestion to divorce a wife just because she was unable to give birth, leading her to become a mother at such a late age.

The contrast between Octomom and the Duggars. Octomom who seems to be having children she can't fully care for without the aid of the state, and the help of strangers. The Duggars who have had so many children yet did it responsibly. They have remained debt free and rely on no outside help.

Parenting is a passionate topic for me, my childhood was very unpleasant, but I truly believe I can compensate for that by offering hope to other children and families beginning with my own.

I have volunteered as a youth group leader, worked in daycare, volunteered with handicapped and disadvantaged children and become an advocate for those reasons.

Then I look at the stories complied here and I see how much work we still have to do. How much education is still needed in this world.

If I can leave you with anything today, it is this. The life of a child is precious, be gentle with it... be very gentle.

Mom isn't always right...

We were told as children to accept Mom's advice without question but now that we are bigger maybe it is time we asked... how good was Mom's word?

Mother Knows Best?: The Truth About Mom's Well-Meaning (But Not Always Accurate Advice)
Mother Knows Best?: The Truth About Mom's Well-Meaning (But Not Always Accurate Advice)

If parenting trivia is your thing, don't stop here... you will be surprised at how many of the things we have accepted as solid science all of our lives really have no basis at all in fact.

 

Fastest Labor

There are no official records for fastest labor, but as it turns out I've been nominated a few times.

I always had trouble carrying pregnancies to term. I lost my first two to miscarriages. With my oldest, Brooke I spent six months on bed rest. The doctors had to keep me on a medication called Breathine every 4 hours to keep me from going into labor. When she finally arrived at full term she was a tiny 5 lbs 4oz.

Total labor lasted about 30 minutes.

Justin made his appearance seven weeks early on Highway 141, mile marker 142. Even at seven weeks early he weighed 5 lbs 2 oz . It was the day after Thanksgiving and we had been visiting family two hours from the nearest hospital when I woke up in labor. The ambulance took me to the clinic, then transported me to the Grand Junction E.R. and Justin was born on the trip. My whole family followed in their vehicles, but they were directed to a hospital in the wrong direction.

Total labor three hours.

But nothing tops my youngest. I woke up early in the morning with my first contraction and woke my husband. He grabbed his clothes and I just laid rocking back and forth in the bed. I was determined no to move but he made me get up and head to the car. My water broke in the bedroom doorway and they barely got me loaded me into the mini-van.

My husband was nervous and ended up accidentally taking the back way the 8 blocks to the hospital and I was literally crossing my legs when we got there. The Security guard stopped us as we pulled up to the entrance and tried to redirect us until he realized what was going on. The guard took me in the wheelchair while my husband parked.

The receptionist kept trying to get me on the elevator, but I refused. I kept repeating "Baby coming now." I finally made her look... and then things got crazy.

They ran me into the back of the E.R. and helped me on the table. I felt my husbands hands slip into mine as I pushed and just like a one baby bobsled there was my little Mystery. I barely felt my body hit the table!

The ER in Farmington wasn't prepared for an infant at the time and she was born so fast she went into shock. We both did. In fact she still has a bump on her jaw today where she cracked her jaw on my tailbone, she cracked my tailbone too. We brought her home with two black eyes, and bruises on her chin, forehead and nose. They tried to get her breathing but she wasn't going for it. I looked at her, calmed my voice and said....

"Mystery Dawn, Breathe!" and she did...

Total labor 18 minutes!

How did you do on your test? Now that you have you head crammed full of juicy parenting facts and another one of my not so sneaky little ways of provoking free range thought - please tell us which stories are stuck in your head forever. Thanks for reading, and if you aren't too tired... please feel free to have another helping of parenting snark.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      A fascinating and well done lens.

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      Another amazing lens! You are always getting better, when am I gonna catch up? :)

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      Rachel Field 8 years ago

      5* Amazing lens

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Amazing!!

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      This was a very interesting read. I thought your approach was elegant, and you added enough personal perspective to make it feel very warm and comfortable. Very good job. 5*

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      VBright 7 years ago

      What a truly fascinating lens! So much interesting information. My kids are 30, 22 and 15 (approx. 7 years apart)

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      Some of these stories I was aware of but others completely astounded me! Great research! Compassionately written. 5*s

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      Penny Pincher G 7 years ago

      What a wonderful and well written lens. I agree, many of these stories are very sad. 5* from me too.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What an interesting lens. Well researched and laid out - SquidAngels Blessings for you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      WoW WHEN I READ DIS I WAS FRICKIN SHOCKED! I MEAN A 5 YEAR OLD GIRL GIVING BIRTH AT THAT AGE THAT'S CRAZY AND SICK AND MORE IMPORTANTLY SAD. yUPP DAS SO TRUE BABIES ARE HAVING BABIES WHICH IS SO SAD CUZ I MEAN HOW COULD THESE LITTLE KIDS EVEN BE THINKING ABOUT SEX THAT'S JUS WRONG! I GIVE YOU 100 STARS CUZ DIS WAS A LOT OF INFORMATION VERY INTERESTINGh

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am curious to know if anyone can find out what the record is for having the most same sex siblings (children). For example I have never had a son and I am about to deliver my 6th girl (7 including a girl fetus I lost around 5 months). Seems pretty incredible.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Amazing and interesting facts. Some I hadn't heard of before. Very good lens! :)

      Susie

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to amcarr777]

      My mother works with a woman who came from a family of fifteen girls no boys.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I would just be a little cautious about these reports of "World's Youngest Father" without a DNA test. For example, that young man in Britain, Alfie Patten, turned out not to be the father of the child he supposedly sired. Now usually among other married women, over 95% of the time the father is usually who the wife says it is, but I would always look at the claims of unmarried teenagers with more scepticism.

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      amy1980 7 years ago

      Wow, interesting!

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      thepartyanimal2 7 years ago

      This was so interesting and a fun read - thanks for making this lens. You have been Blessed by The Party Animal. Party On....

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Fascinating!

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Oh ... my ... god. Five years old? I know it's true, but that is just incredible. All of these stories are incredible. I had no idea what this lens would really be about when I saw the title, and, not being a parent myself, I didn't think I'd really be all that interested. But then I read every word. Fascinating. And I thought your comments at the end about the trends you noticed while putting this together really added a lot to the lens.

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      Astrieanna 7 years ago

      This is fascinating.

      When I read the title, I expected a hodge-podge of unrelated, unresearched trivia, but this has coherence, organization, and as much research as would be reasonable.

      good job. =)

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      Earth_Friend 7 years ago

      Wow! That was shockingly interesting!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 7 years ago

      Wow, these are jaw dropping stories! It's funny to think how worried I was about my baby's weight when I hit 40 weeks in my pregnancy. I had nightmares about having a 20 pound baby, but never thought it could actually happen. Yikes!!

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Loved your quiz and I got 10/10 ;) Very interesting lens btw!

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      BrandyT LM 7 years ago

      Love this lens, but I'm glad I'm not on any of the list. I wouldn't want to be the youngest or oldest to have a child. In fact I told my husband I didn't want any more children passed the age of 30. I definitely don't want the biggest at birth. And I'm happy with my 2 (maybe 3) kids. No more than that.

      I also agree with you about a baby having a baby. My daughter will be 6 in a couple of months and I can't imagine someone touching in that way.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      This is very interesting! Every information is worth reading, every topic keeps on stirring my mind. I must agree that it is saddening to know that there are children who become parents at a very very young age. I was pretty alarmed knowing that a 5 year old was stripped off with innocence and had to bear a child. Hope that a lot of children will learn from this lens. 5*

      Hope you could visit my lenses. Thanks

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      I remember reading about the five year old, it was rather unpleasant. An interesting lens and well composed.

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      BabyExpertAdvice 7 years ago

      How do I add your lens as one of my favorites? Your lens is one of the most informative lens on Squidoo!

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      One thing I learned while volunteering with kids overseas is that we (Americans) tend to think all cultures are, or should be, like ours. How could we not if our only frame of reference is our own teachings and value systems.

      I deplore anyone taking advantage of children, and have very little tolerance for those Patriarchal societies, but that is their culture, and to expect them to have our values isn't realistic.

      5 year olds having babies sickens me, and saddens me at the same time. The idea that women are only here to give a man a child sickens me also...but I try very hard (mostly successfully) to show tolerance of other cultures. I don't have to like it, but I don't try to change them either. Way too many battles here at home to deal with, like that Octomom...and what she has done to make a buck (IMO). That sickens me!

      OK, off my soapbox...blessing this lens :)

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      Extremely fascinating lens. Favorited 5 *****

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      One of the most interesting lenses I came across...fav and 5*...

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      girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

      Very interesting stories. I could have done without Octomom and the Duggars, but I did think the woman who had 69 kids was interesting, although it might not have been true. Gotta love interesting facts about parents and babies though! Great work!

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      Fascinating information here. I am impressed with the amount of research you did. I too had a miscarriage of my first baby but I don't have the same belief as the Duggers. I believe the container for the spirit was defective and so my son waited until the next time and was born then. I have never felt like I have lost a child.

      But people are entitled to their own beliefs and while I might think there are enough people in the world without adding 19 more (I used to belong to Zero Population Growth), if you feel that you are called to have children and can do so responsibly then I cannot judge them. I didn't turn out to be such a great mother so it is a good thing I stopped at 3.

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      calmkoala 6 years ago

      Ouch... 16lbs at birth? Mine were 7lb-ish, that was enough for me :) This is a really informative lens, made me smile, wince and think - thanks...

      http://www.squidoo.com/a-quest-for-smart-effective...

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      rachsue lm 6 years ago

      THat was a very enjoyable lens. It floors me as well about the 5 year old. That is so disturbing. It is saddening that she was that young and having a child. Her idea of a child at that age is compared to her dolls. Shame on the man!!

      I loved what you had to say in your closing of your lens, Children are precious and at times we seem to forget how innocent they truly are.

      Thank you so much for sharing. And wow on the labors. So quick.

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      Awesome lens with interesting information.

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      magknetts 6 years ago

      very surprising stories of parent hood unusual things happenings but the very best thing that could ever have in life is to be given a chance of being a parent and be a good molder as your little ones grew up....

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      AmbrosiaPopsicle 6 years ago

      Very interesting stories here, seems fact is stranger then fiction sometimes :)

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      Yourshowman LM 6 years ago

      Is that all true??? I am still not able to believe some of the facts given here. My jaw dropped after seeing some facts like youngest mother and father.

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      george185 lm 6 years ago

      This has been a really interesting/disturbing read. Thank you... I think.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very informative lens, good stuff.

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      onlinecertification 6 years ago

      this si one of very -very interesting lens i ever read.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      A treasure trove of unusual information. Thanks for sharing.

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      turner-bob 6 years ago

      interesting lens!

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      trevowens20 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this lens. I'd like to share with you about our neighbor who approached me and asked for financial assistance because she is going to give birth of triplets. She was asking from me to lend her a big amount of money, of which I do not have. I was only able to lend her half of here financial need and I helped her to find financial assistance for the remaining amount needed. Unfortunately only one of the three survived. They were too many complications when she was giving birth.

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      Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

      a real enjoyable lens to read, very interseting.

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      jdwheeler 6 years ago

      Happy Valentine's Day!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Wow- your labors were amazing - glad it all worked out -:) What a cool lens on strange parenting facts -:)

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      Sheryl Polomka 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, one of the few that caught my attention and had me reading every word

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      JeanJohnson LM 6 years ago

      I liked reading about the facts, interesting that things can happen

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      SylviaRolfe 6 years ago

      I loved your lens. My closest births between my children is 1 year and 6 days. I couldn't imagine having two 7 months apart.

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      jasminesphotogr 6 years ago

      I learned so much. Great lens.

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      Yawapi LM 6 years ago

      Wow, some incredible stories! Kudos to you for handling this topic with sensitivity and not sensationalism. I especially enjoyed your reflection on the stories. Now I'm going to go tuck my 5 year old daughter in with big hugs.......

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      musicgurl333 6 years ago

      Great lens, and really interesting!

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      careermom 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Sanam 6 years ago

      Very Interesting.

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      Kandy O 6 years ago

      All very crazy, but educational none the less.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      Interesting and informative lens. The little girl giving birth to a baby is downright disturbing, I had never heard about it before.

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      Ayngel Overson 6 years ago from Crestone, Co

      @pheonix76: I originally saw it years ago... perhaps 10? It still makes me sad.

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      ecbrayton 6 years ago

      Strange, strange things. Glad to know about them though!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      It seems that there is a common concern about the little girl that gave birth to her own playmate.

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      Ayngel Overson 6 years ago from Crestone, Co

      @jlshernandez: It is pretty difficult to comprehend...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The childhood of your child is the time when you can spend maximum amount of time with your child and grow close to her. Once, they grow into teenagers and adults, they get so busy with their own lives. You should try to have as many as happy memories as possible of each age of your child from toddler to teenager. Let them know how much you love and that you will always love them.

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      nukemdomis lm 6 years ago

      Good work on your lens. I've added your lens to my Best Parents lens here on Squidoo. Here's the link: World's Best Parents

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      lots of really odd and sad but interesting tales here. Glad you featured the Duggars and I appreciated your commentary about responsible, kind and loving parenting.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I LOVE this lens!!!! Great reading! Fun!

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 6 years ago

      Great - and very interesing - lens! Your own birth stories are a trip and I really, really liked your closing words.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very interesting lens

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      This is interesting to but a delight to read! Those parenting facts are so fascinating and a bit intriguing but also well done. Wonderful Lens!

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      I can relate to "Longest Pregnancies" as in 1960 I was pregnant with my first child, due April 24 1961, going past that date doctors brought me on July 20 1961, my little girl was born 3 days later only 6 pound 15 , nearly lost her at birth, she is still alive. love your lens.

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      I really didn't expect to read this lens all the way through. But I did. You did a great job here.

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      darkk93 6 years ago

      this is unbelievable! at a young age they already gave birth? you have very interesting lens

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      JaySing 6 years ago

      I laughed and I cried. 5 years old for the youngest mother!!

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      theprintcenter 6 years ago

      Some of the things are truly unbelievable! Great lens. Really enjoyed reading this one.

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      Calliope LM 6 years ago

      I thought I knew most of these, but I was so wrong. enlightening in so many ways

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      JenaleeMortensen 6 years ago

      Very interesting. I'm sure you spent a lot of time finding this information.

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      babyfavors1 6 years ago

      Very nice information about parenting facts because it may aware others too.Nice lens as it would create change impact for Baby favors.thanks

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      BSRGaming 6 years ago

      Some very interesting storys!

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      writercb1 6 years ago from United States

      The stories were wild. The Duggars were interesting. I enjoy your sentiment to take care of children at the end of your lens. We must take care of children. They are our future.

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Its nice to read your informative knowledge. Thanks

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      MSBeltran1 6 years ago

      Very beautiful lens; I've always been fascinated with a number of these cases and I've learned a couple of new ones. I personally love the Duggar family, I can never figure out why people would criticize them. The kids I really feel bad for are the octomom's. This was so well put together.

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      peetred lm 6 years ago

      Very interesting about your births! I was happy with a 4 1/2 hour labor hehe.

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      anansigirls lm 6 years ago

      I failed the quiz! What will happen to me now? 24 hours disqualification from reading your lenses (please don't). I had a lot of fun here, and something to ponder about!

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      Mishael A Witty 6 years ago

      Interesting stuff here. Hard to believe the one about the 5-year-old girl. Really? Who would have sex with a 4-year-old? Glad it wasn't the father, though!

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      chicnewmom 6 years ago

      Wow.. This is a great lens. I'm an expecting mother and just started blogging myself. But, your lens sure contain some very interesting articles. I hope new moms like my lens as well.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How lucky....total labor 18 minutes. I was bed rest 2 months and labor was 22hrs....no wonder I never had another baby. Your lens is very interesting. I still have a hard time picturing a 5yr old giving birth.....

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      Oh boy!! I can't imagine any of this. A 23 pound baby?? A mom at 5 years old? Oofta!

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      nadjaiskeniskie 6 years ago

      Do I get a prize for getting every question wrong? I pretty much under estimated each answer. Oh well, interesting stuff.

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      missTiana LM 6 years ago

      wow! this is a awesome lens. i couldn't stop reading. very interesting stuff.....

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      BunnyBoiler 6 years ago

      Captivating lens! Humanity never fails to disgust and amaze me...Thanks for putting that together :)

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      awesome lens and very interesting information!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      entertaining lens! Awesome job!

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      JulianSagan 6 years ago

      Wow! I think I dropped my jaw a couple of times while reading this lense!!! Nice work on getting all these interesting facts together!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Amazing facts, I guessed only 4 of 10. Being a parent is really a strange fact...

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      jrdiaz 6 years ago

      Great article Boshemia! It is very interesting and informative.

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      whataup 5 years ago

      cool lens! this makes me cringe with all these strange parenting facts. but, kinda of cool at the same time. Thanks! baby bath

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      penguinavations 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      love4rocks 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. Incredible facts. Thanks!

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      corteeze 5 years ago

      OMG, I don't know how you found such a collection of wild facts like these but good job. I was completely surprised.

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      JackNimble 5 years ago

      Another great lens! Thanks for writing I will continue to read.

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      golddino 5 years ago

      babies are cute but i hope u send a comment into my website!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, so many interesting and shocking details. I seriously failed your quiz as I was clueless to these stories. thank for sharing these interesting facts with us.

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      adamwilliams 5 years ago

      hehehehh This world is so weird

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      bames24 lm 5 years ago

      wow... interesting :)

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      coylejb 5 years ago

      Super interesting. Love the Duggers!

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      Wow, amazing!

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      Amy Stephens 5 years ago from Missouri

      Wow, lots of information that I never heard of before. Great lens.

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      zacklogs 5 years ago

      Really amazing!

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      Mike Best 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Lots of interesting material--some fun, some disturbing. Thanks for putting this lens together.

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      icangelabevan 5 years ago

      I totally get you with the sadness of childhood sexual exploitation and abuse. It's crazy that it still happens today. even that 15 year old girl with the 11 year old boy. By law he doesn't have the ability to make choices, the girl was too old to be having sex with him. She should have been charged.

      thanks for this great lens!

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      Wow, I didn't know all these little facts!

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      HennieN 5 years ago

      Wow. very interesting facts. Gives a new meaning to unique parenting.

      Thanks for the informative lens.

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      ctadvert 5 years ago

      Love the dugger post wish i would have tought of that before havin my kids but even then i wouldn't want 18 that's just insane.

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      serenity4me lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens and fun poll! Have a great day.

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      Xasper8ing 5 years ago

      Great lens! Very informative!

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      davidcam 5 years ago

      Great lens..Thanks for the information.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Whoa, lots of this whole article sort of creeped me out. Kids should not have kids. Whew. Some amazing info here!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow! The five-year-old mother makes you never want to leave a child with anyone else.

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      humzayunas 5 years ago

      Reallllly nice the great facts . this is a great lens

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Amazing stories. I had heard some of them but not some of the others. I agree that it is quite sad for the children and the babies of the youngest parents. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great lens and so full of information, Blessed by an Angel

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      myraggededge 5 years ago

      Absolutely terrifying!

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      shivnagsudhakar 5 years ago

      good work

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      belindatrisha 5 years ago

      whoa.. these strange facts yet a true one. actually, I heard news about the youngest mother and I do believe to it. may be some of the featured facts are true as well. Thanks a lot for sharing this one of a king article of yours! have a good day

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      paintingsgalore22 5 years ago

      Great information here! I agree that no two parenting experiences are alike!

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      flightofdestiny2 5 years ago

      This is such a well written lens with so much interesting information available. Congratulations on creating a lens with which everyone should compare. Amazing job

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      Nicole 5 years ago from Bethel, CT

      Great information!! I gave birth to a 7 lb, 11 oz baby boy 3 months ago and needed emergency c-section....all i gotta say about the 22 pound baby is OUCH! great lens :)

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      Mary 5 years ago from Midwest

      I like you didn't have a very good child hood but my word some of these stories are awful. All i can say is What happened to the men of some of these girls at. I mean there are many many stories like this and i can't believe how much it does and no one says a word.

      I like your lens very much thank you for writing it.

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      njoylife42day 5 years ago

      Great lens! I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing.

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      Wow...lot's of strange information! Thanks for sharing!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      For a child to be born from a 5 year old child, she would have been 4 when it was conceived.... that is just such a disturbing thought. No wonder she won't talk to any media, why would anybody want to remember that let along re-live it! Very shocking facts!

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      iQwestArticles 5 years ago

      Wow! Many of these parenting tales are absolutely unreal. As you noted in your closing, some of these stories are truly sad especially when you consider how "precious" a child's life is and how they can be so negatively impacted when the utmost care is not taken to nurture them.

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      Staceysk 5 years ago

      Loved the quiz even though I failed miserably.

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      sue826 lm 5 years ago

      Boy, some shocking bit of facts here. Tons of interesting information. Really respect the work you put into your lens.

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      Gale 5 years ago from Texas

      So sad about the youngest grandmother and youngest mother!

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      Gale 5 years ago from Texas

      PS: Just added this to the sidebar of the Parent's Daily Disaster Log:

      https://hubpages.com/family/dailydisaster

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      gherishjhoven 5 years ago

      Awesome information. I learn a lot of things really.

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      AdamsJessie 5 years ago

      I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an id iot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://tiny.cc/71l2f

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Kids having kids is so sad. Many young adults can't handle the responsibility, let alone kids handling it.

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      seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

      amazing, yet somewhat strange. such is life.

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      courtneyh lm 5 years ago

      Very, very interesting!

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      mench686 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens.

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      John Howel 5 years ago

      Amazing stories - though parenting is a bit more than giving birth. I especially liked your "closing" thoughts.

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      laguild 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens.

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      greenhairedsamu 5 years ago

      very interesting

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      Rock Artist 5 years ago

      Great lens, I enjoyed reading it, thank you

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      JeremyAce 5 years ago

      Interesting closing thoughts. For all those carefully documented lovely awaited births to parents awaiting the birth of their child, there is that other side of the coin that takes a precious moment and turns it into nothing more than breeding. This lens does unfortunately tend to remind us of that.

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      Wow I just got my first comment award for this. Here goes: it is heartbreaking to hear about the mother being 6. I know from my own experience when I was little at Children's Hospitial they would ask if I was pregnant. At 8 years old. It is heartbreaking, but a lot of horrible men see nothing wrong wit it. Don't know about you, but I just about blew a gasket when a child luring how-to was said to be protected by First Amendment rights. What is this world coming to? Wonderful lens though! :)

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      RuthMadison 5 years ago

      Really fascinating!

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      rainbowruffles 5 years ago

      Very interesting information. Though I must agree with your closing thoughts of how sad some of these facts are. It was very nice to make a lens to let people be informed of this type of thing. Thanks for sharing!

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Child abuse is so sad. I sympathize with your hurtful childhood. "A Wounded Daughter's Survival" is the book I wrote which brought healing to my childhood wounds through writing about the abuse. I too wish to be of help to anyone suffering from the damage of childhood emotional abuse.

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      Interesting and informative :9

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      peppervel 5 years ago

      Wonderful facts for knowledge.

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      kelli320 5 years ago

      Fun lens- Well organized info!

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      Lilly-n-Lloyd 5 years ago

      I bombed on the quiz but learned a lot. The information in this lens is so interesitng.

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      JonasOnline 5 years ago

      oh God can't believe this! Is it really true? the youngest mother in the world is about 5 years of age? how can she conceive the baby?

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was overwhelmed.

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      fiercerulingdiva 5 years ago

      Oh my gosh. That is some crazy stuff. Fifty year pregnancy.

      Some interesting facts.

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      food monkey 5 years ago

      interesting lens

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      StoryBuilderToys 5 years ago

      Fascinating and at time heartbreaking. You've put together quite a remarkable lens. Kudos!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Need to update this. The Duggars have since given birth to baby Josie, who is doing extremely well now, despite her very premature birth. But it now appears that a 20th Duggar may be on the way! This was hinted at on a preview of scenes from the 2011 season finale of their show on TLC.

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      LiliLove 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens!

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. An eye-opener indeed. We need more people like you in the world.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing it with all us fellow Squids! One big thumbs up vote left!

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      mercin12 5 years ago

      Really informative. I loved the quiz, which I did quite terribly on.

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      BabyMonitorsOnl 5 years ago

      Wow! What an interesting lens! Thanks for sharing :)

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      PowerTeamSeo 5 years ago

      Interesting and informative lens. Great read.

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      TobyHeatonArmstrong 5 years ago

      Absolutely incredible, all of it! Five years old and a Mother .... oh dear!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Well, my mouth sure dropped reading this. You did a great job with all of the info.

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      baincol 5 years ago

      Just when you thought you knew it alll

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      MilesSmiles 5 years ago

      WOW! Blessed be the mothers out there, I am a father and my little boy is a handful by himself. I don't even want to imagine what some of these circumstances would be like-aye, carumba!

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      Leilani-m 5 years ago

      Great lens!, Such and intriguing stories. My mother gave birth to my brother when she was 15,5, and he became a father when he was 18. So, my mother became a grandmother at the age of 33.

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      h2ofs1 5 years ago

      Ha , some of these are definitely fiction!! Great lens BTW

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      JennyVerver 5 years ago

      What a fun read - squid liked it!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      I guess a person learns something new everyday, even shocking things like this! Fun lense, really liked it, skunked the quiz....

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I enjoyed reading this article. Thank you.

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      GGGMarketing 5 years ago

      Wow you have some crazy information on this lens. This was definitely interesting to read. Thanks for your service in the squidoo community!

      Cheers!

      Gary @ SEO Naples

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      FASCINATING Lens!

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      Sophiebright 5 years ago

      Very interesting! Although I think the English boy who fathered a boy at 12 years old was later proved not to be the father after all. Great facts and figures, and makes for interesting reading :)

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      ebookmum 5 years ago

      OMG! Humans are quite amazing really when you think about it. Great lens. Thanks for the info.

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      StoveM 5 years ago

      Great collections.

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens! You are right, it is shocking to think how the 6 year old must have suffered in private and how the innocent dad must have forever lived with finger-pointing.

      I thought I was big (see picture on my lens: Tips and products for parents of twins) until I saw the phot of Octomum!

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      krakensquid 5 years ago

      A truly fascinating lens!

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      just...wow. Is there anything weird/disturbing/memorable about parenting that you DIDN'T dig us for this lens?

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      ShortStuffsSecr 5 years ago

      Wow, fascinating lens! Great job!

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      DogWatchColumbus 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens. Shocking, but fabulous. I learned a lot!

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      vikwill 5 years ago

      Like this lens. The truth coming through fiction. Thanks

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      VBright 5 years ago

      Just beautiful! Blessed by an Angel

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      truorder 5 years ago

      Like the Guinness Book Of World Records. Interesting

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      Petstrel LM 5 years ago

      Amazing facts!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It good to stop by and see this lens in the Top 100. :)

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      BusyMOM LM 5 years ago

      I REALLY enjoyed reading through this lens. Thought provoking to say the least. Nicely done.

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      The visuals were horrible on some of these examples, and others were quite remarkable! Thanks for clearing up some of the facts for us!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      An amazing lens! Quite a few emotions came through while reading your content. Thank you for sharing it with us ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My grandfather was 1 pound and a half when born in 1938 in rural Australia. No humidicrib no oxygen just wrapped in cotton wool and put in the wood stove intermittently. I was trying to find a list of smallest birth weights to compare the size. Could anyone out there help?

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      kellypr83 5 years ago

      Fascinating! Love all the stories. Well done.

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      bluefire1020 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thanks for sharing =) squidlike!

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      ronaldpakasi 5 years ago

      Love all the stories.... amazing!

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      ronaldpakasi 5 years ago

      Love all the stories.... amazing!

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      ptnjust007 5 years ago

      good lens

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      Khalid-Osman 5 years ago

      Well focused AND terrific lens.

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      Totus Mundus 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens, thanks.

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      Scriber1 LM 5 years ago

      Strange indeed! Wonderfully entertaining and intriguing lens!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      this is like guinness book of records. blessings for the excellent lens about parenting.

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      Thank your for interesting lens!

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      Ladyeaglefeather 5 years ago

      great lens. VERY SHOCKING!!

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      I can't believe how old these people are who have kids. Shocking indeed!

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      Sam 5 years ago from Australia

      Interesting lens, was a great read.

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      PamelaU 5 years ago

      I'd heard of Lina Medina, but I was saddened to find out in this lens that Gerardo was killed in early adulthood.

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      Jeremy 5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Very interesting lens. I'm not sure about your math regarding Mulai Ismael.If he impregnated one woman per week, it would take 17 or 18 years to have that many children--much less than the 60 years at the rate of 1.2 pregnancies per day that you mention. Maybe I'm just missing something.

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      Ayngel Overson 5 years ago from Crestone, Co

      @MisterJeremy: I no longer remember where the source of the math came from but you are right, it doesn't seem right. I removed it until I can confirm. Of course, it depends on how fertile each wife was and how long they went in between births. For most women, 10 children is max - though some have defied that :) Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Ayngel Overson 5 years ago from Crestone, Co

      @PamelaU: I double checked and he died at age 40, I am removing the incorrect links now but I wanted you to know :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      that is really a lot of good facts... id like to read more...

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      JimDickens 5 years ago

      That caption about the world's biggest baby sure does tempt me to get into a political discussion but I won't. I found this lens absolutely fascinating. I grew up around people with "normal" spans of sexual activity. It is remarkable how narrow that view is.

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      tinamahan 5 years ago

      Wow! Those are very interesting statistics. A little disturbing, but interesting.

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      thomanna 5 years ago

      Whoa. Great lense!

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      Aliann LM 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I really enjoyed it!

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      trperry lm 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thnks...nc for u'r lens...

      like back..

      please

      :)

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Wow really interesting lens!!! I pinned it!!

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      mariajones 5 years ago

      These are really great information.Thank you so much for sharing it...

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fascinating lens. Blessed.

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      Really interesting lens..I learn something new...thanks for sharing!

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      bwet 5 years ago

      OMG.. unbelievable pregnancy and baby stories

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      Ayluna 5 years ago

      I personally know a woman who had 3 times twins (out of her 11 children). I think this is also some sort of a record. You should do the research how many twins (or triplets) is the record of all times for one woman. :-)

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      Loved reading this lens...like a section of Guinness World Records!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow...Interesting read. Well done.

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      Edwinrocks 5 years ago

      great lens

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      kAAtya 5 years ago

      Wow, great facts, and interesting lens.

      Nice job

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting facts and stories..made good reading

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      enjoyecigs 5 years ago

      Crazy - yet informative lens! I think parents, like myself and others, can really appreciate this!

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      scarletrose lm 5 years ago

      Great lens - I wonder when someone will beat the oldest mom record?

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      magictricksdotcom 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, especially your closing commentary. It's amazing how building these lenses can have an effect on us in unexpected ways.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Fascinating! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      faber80 5 years ago

      Interesting facts and stories, and interesting lens :)

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      Turbulence63 LM 5 years ago

      I wonder if all the lost socks are at the Duggars residents. Maybe when they were young and had sleep overs their friends forgot them there. 19 children would have made a lot of friends and a lot of socks.

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      AlexTedford 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! You have some really wacko stories here!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      This lens is so cool and fun to read.

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      Very cool lens....I imagine your children are embarking on a solid, loving, yet fun life's road, where you encourage their individuality. My boys are 20 and 16, and my dramatic pregnancy, labor, and delivery tales still haven't really diminished :). They are loads of fun to tell at baby showers!

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      One of the most interesting lenses ever! And is 532 likes a record? Congratulations!

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      MerandaJade 5 years ago

      It's like the Weekly World News! This was a lot of fun to read.

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      Frazzledad LM 5 years ago

      Great lens....and I thought my family was strange :)

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      So many interesting stories you have offered here. Great :)

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      afranco 5 years ago

      Mother at six???!!! ... and no father???!!! ... It's a good thing children are extremely resilient.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Mother at 6. No father? If she was older then one day they would write a book about it and millions of people would dedicate their lifves to it claiming it's a miracle

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      IntoMars LM 4 years ago

      This lense is absolutely fantastic! You did a really great job :)

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      TheMinuteIdea LM 4 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for making it. Just hen you think your life is tough, you find out about 6 year olds having babies and 12 month pregnancies. Life just don't seem that tough anymore! Check out some of my lenses if you have time, i'd appreshiate the feedback.

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      acoreystory 4 years ago

      6 years old with a baby that's insane!

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      TwistedWiseman 4 years ago

      Horrible stuff to read about but it happens...

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      katespade 4 years ago

      The subject of urinary incontinence is oftentimes clouded and obscured by a number of commonly held misconceptions. For example, many people are under the mistaken impression that incontinence is inevitable with aging.

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      Ahdilarum 4 years ago

      Strange and unbelievable info..

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      Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      Awesome lens and to my great surprise, I have actually chatted with 2 of the women in this lens on babycenter.com!! LOL!!!! Too cool!!!

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      mommieof1 4 years ago

      Very interesting Lens. Shocking as well. Thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Loved it! i am finishing a paper on parenting and ran across this site. I should have kept looking for my last source, but couldn't help myself and took the quiz.. I scored 60%.

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Blessed- really enjoyed

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      Markwell1 4 years ago

      Interesting stories!

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      romainekelly 4 years ago

      Gobsmacked, absolutely gobsmacked!

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      CraftyandClever 4 years ago from everywhere but mostly Cali

      That is a big baby! Some interesting and weird facts about parenthood.

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      dunn22 4 years ago

      Very very interesting lens. Keep up the good work.

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      Wendy Leanne 4 years ago from Texas

      I just had to read this lens because people think our family situation is so unique. I had our first baby, 10 months later was pregnant with our second. Had our second baby and 10 months later I was pregnant with our 3rd. That means our 1st and 2nd kids are just under 20 months apart in age and our 2nd and 3rd kids are also just under 20 months apart in age. Yep, it's been a handful.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I had fun reading this lens. Very interesting stories, it's hard to image that they're all true!

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      pinkrenegade lm 4 years ago

      Wow! Age 5 is indeed very young to be a mom. I enjoyed your lens, well done!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      great lens, thanks for sharing...

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      This is a HUGE collection of interesting facts. Enjoyed it.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Wow no wonder I only got 20% in your quiz. It's so hard to believe some of the things that have happened! And menstruating at 8 months!

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      EstherStrong 4 years ago

      I scored lower than average on the quiz so this is an amazing read.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Whew, tough quiz! These are amazing statistics. Great lens.

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      jahamilton lm 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens...I sure hope the biggest baby gets some medical help before it is too late!

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      MissRubyStars 3 years ago

      These facts and stories are shocking but very interesting! Great job!

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      ThePregnancyFairy 3 years ago

      Great Lens. Loved all the facts. For comprehensive information on how to fall pregnant without invasive treatments visit NaturalPregnancyHelper.com

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      DoctorParenting 3 years ago

      Yes there is some really strange stuff on this lens...reminds me of the show Believe it or Not!

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