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Nadia Suleman, who goes by the nickname “Octomom,” showed off a rare photo of her kids in a back-to-school photo posted on Instagram.

The famous mother of 14 – who notably gave birth to octuplets in January 2009 – expressed concern about her children, now 13, in a post published on Tuesday.

“First day of 8th grade. Be proud of your kids for being kind, respectful and helpful to all your peers, teachers and staff,” Suleman said on Instagram.


“You are an exceptional role model for 6th and 7th graders, I love you,” she added with a heart emoji.

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But the controversial mother has already fired back at critics.

“Side note to critics: Their older siblings didn’t want me to post a picture of them on their first day. I respect their choice, and so should you,” the 47-year-old mom warned.


The octuplets – Naria, Isaiah, Malia, Jeremiah, Noah, Josiah, Jonah and Makai – were conceived through in vitro fertilization in 2008. Their birth was an international media sensation.

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Nadia Suleman watches an ultrasound of her unborn child at an in vitro fertilization clinic. (AP Photo/KTLA)

Suleiman was already a single mother of six grown children when she gave birth to the octuplets – leading many critics to claim that she could not properly care for her family.


Suleman led a turbulent life after the birth of her octuplets — including filing for bankruptcy, pleading no contest to a misdemeanor welfare claim and checking into rehab for a Xanax addiction related to anxiety and fatigue. She also had a brief adult film career and worked as a stripper.

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Nadia 'Octomom' Suleiman is seen here at a press conference in 2012.

Nadia ‘Octomom’ Suleiman is seen here at a press conference in 2012. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

“I hit rock bottom,” Suleman said of his brief stint in sex work. “I sold my soul to the devil—temporarily.”


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Since then, Suleman changed her first name to Natalie and regularly posts pictures of her happy family on social media. “God and family are my life,” reads her Instagram profile.

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