The famous seven-pack turn sweet 16 today, and now that they're nearly adults they're sharing how they feel about their unique childhoods. In birthday interviews both filmed and for print media, the kids say they usually like being a septuplet because it's fun and they're never alone. However a few of the children pointed out some of the negatives of being a high profile multiple. Notably Nathan, who said he never liked being filmed.
The McCaughleys still live in the same house that was given to them when the kids were babies, drive the same van, Dad Kenny has his same job at a metal coating plant, and they use pay-as-you-go cell phones. They are still deeply religious and still credit God for the good outcome. They have remained largely out of the public eye, with the exception of a few update specials.
The frequency of the update specials petered out as the kids got older, but Dateline came back two years ago to check in. Many of the kids were noticeably uncomfortable with the cameras even then. The family says they were horrified by what happened to Jon and Kate Plus 8, but Kenny says he doesn't fault families for choosing to go on reality T.V. because of the money. However he says he's glad they never had any serious offers, because it might have been hard to turn it down. "I’m so grateful we didn’t have to make that decision.” (Hey Kenny, don't sell yourself short.)
The family says they rarely look at old newspaper clippings or television appearances from when the kids were younger.
Happy birthday, kids. And well done, Mom and Dad.