I have a whole new view of polygamous marriages and the idea of men having more than one wife after watching the first episode of TLC's new show, 'Sister Wives'.
I like the Browns...all, what 21 of them? Kody and his first three wives were all married BEFORE any children were born - a fact that surprised me. They seem to be people just like you and me. Well, maybe not you over there - I mean, talk about dysfunction.
Plural Families Bigger in Size and Maturity
So let's talk about dysfunction. If you are expecting to find that with the Browns, it has either been edited out, or this really is a lifestyle that just fits some personalities. Sure, all the wives admit to jealousy at some point. They are human. It's a real feeling. They acknowledge it. Then they move on. Could these “plygs” (a term they use amongst themselves) have found a way to rise above all of us single marriage folks when it comes to jealousy?
What about the kids? One might think having more than one mom would be confusing. How can one man engage with all those kids and offer guidance and love? I know my when my own dad got angry he’d have to go through the list of family members (just my mom and my brother) before finally getting mine right to yell at me. Can this one guy keep it straight? Surprisingly, Kody seems to be a very involved father, taking the time to hang with each mom and family on a rotating schedule. Kody is not at happy hour, on the golf course all day, or holed up in front of TVs on Sunday watching football. He can’t! He’s got 4 families to juggle! Could having more than one wife make polygamists better parents?
Benefits of Having More than One Wife
After an hour spent with the Browns it wasn’t difficult to see the benefits. For Meri who lost a sister to cancer, she’s comforted knowing that should anything happen to her, her only child will be taken care of and will never be alone. For Janelle who prefers a full-time job to housework, she revels in the fact that when she comes home from a long day at the office, her kids have done their homework, and dinner is waiting on the table. And for Christine, the “mom”, she`has an army of at her disposal when it comes to keeping up with the house, the yard, and the chores.
Three is Enough
In this first episode Kody announces his plans to propose to a fourth wife. This woman and her three children will be walking into a family that has been together for 26 years. Will she be welcomed? Will that ugly beast called jealousy arise again? Will the kids welcome their new siblings? Will Kody’s job be safe or will word get out? These are the things that will keep me watching ‘Sister Wives’.
‘Sister Wives’ premieres Sunday, September 26 on TLC at 10:00 pm.
Thanks to my friends at Discovery who gave me the opportunity to screen ‘Sister Wives’ so I look like the cool kid at school pick-up.