“Sister Wives” is a new realty show that has stirred much controversy about the Brown family and their choice of living a polygamous lifestyle.
Kody Brown has three wives and is about to take on another one. The women in this polygamous family have one main theme going for them: They worship their husband Kody. Kody thinks of himself as something special due to this idolizing he receives from his wives.
Kody, his three “sister wives,” and his 13 children live in one big house that contains three different living quarters, or apartments. The family works as one unit, with each of the women taking part in the raising of all the kids.
Kody is about to take on another wife, who is much younger, thinner, and, lets face it, better-looking than the wives he has now. This is causing some problems.
The problems with this type of lifestyle are already apparent to the viewers after just a few episodes of “Sister Wives” have been aired. Where there is one man and four women, there is bond to be jealousy — and there is. The women are all feeling a bit ignored and now vying for Kody’s attention, more so than usual.
Sharing a husband has its problems, but living with “sister wives” does have its advantages. The three women in the big house all have very separate personality types and they also have different likes and dislikes. Where one wife loves to be in the work place, another one loves to be home with the kids. This is a nice trade-off for each of the wives.
Anyone who has raised even one child knows the work that goes into this, and having a few other women around loving your kids and helping out with raising them seems to be a dream come true to the stressful job of motherhood today. Or it least it is for these women.
The “sister wives” also take turns getting dinner ready and carting the kids back and forth to all the places kids need to go. This type of support seems to be a benefit for the “sister wives.”
Another benefit is the cost of running a household. The husband and wives all work, so four paychecks coming into one house seems to ease the strain of today’s economy. When it comes to bills, food shopping, and the other living expenses, the pooled paychecks really are a benefit.
One of the wives, Meri, explains in an episode of “Sister Wives” how her sister, who was in a polygamous relationship, died of cancer. Although her sister’s children miss their mother, their lives were not in as much as an upheaval with the children’s other mothers still in the house. The Brown kids consider themselves as having three mothers. They will be going on four mothers soon, when Robyn marries their father.
The wives are like sisters and they do seem to genuinely care about one another. This is like having a best friend around all the time — you will never be lonely.
These were some of the benefits the “sister wives” have talked about on the show so-far. Their feelings are that the benefits far outweigh the problems. The three original “sister wives” have been with Kody for 16-plus years, and they are still all reporting they are happy with this lifestyle, according to the interviews the wives give during the show.
References: “Sister Wifes” on TLC