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Here are the lessons Kody Brown hopes viewers learn from watching the show

Kody Brown of Sister Wives
Kody Brown of Sister Wives. Pic credit: TLC

Sister Wives is in its 10th season, and the show’s patriarch Kody Brown has some lessons he hopes viewers will learn.

Kody and his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn, have shared excerpts of their family’s life with audiences for over a decade. The initial intent of their show was to educate viewers about polygamy.

Fans of the show have seen how their plural family operates, along with all the obstacles that arise within a family with one husband, four wives, and 18 children. 

Kody gave an exclusive interview to The List and named some important takeaways he hopes viewers will take with them.

Open for business! 🎉 Sister Wives star Meri Brown recently revealed that she reopened her B&B Lizzie's Heritage Inn after closing it to mourn the loss of her mom, Bonnie, who was the innkeeper. ⁠
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Meri admitted she's "nervous" about running things the way her mom did and shared, "As I’ve spent the last couple weeks getting the house ready, I’ve smiled, I’ve cried, I’ve come across things I need to tell her.”⁠
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She continued, "now I know why the electrician didn’t call you back that day, why the doorbell only works sometimes and not others, and you should try this new rice crispy treat flavor we planned on doing together. I’m nervous about doing this, she had it so dialed in and knew the drill.”⁠
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Despite her nerves, Meri is also excited and appreciative of her team! ❤️ Catch more details on Meri and her B&B at the #linkinbio! ⁠
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(📸: @therealmeribrown/Instagram)⁠
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Open for business! 🎉 Sister Wives star Meri Brown recently revealed that she reopened her B&B Lizzie's Heritage Inn after closing it to mourn the loss of her mom, Bonnie, who was the innkeeper. ⁠

Meri admitted she's "nervous" about running things the way her mom did and shared, "As I’ve spent the last couple weeks getting the house ready, I’ve smiled, I’ve cried, I’ve come across things I need to tell her.”⁠

She continued, "now I know why the electrician didn’t call you back that day, why the doorbell only works sometimes and not others, and you should try this new rice crispy treat flavor we planned on doing together. I’m nervous about doing this, she had it so dialed in and knew the drill.”⁠

Despite her nerves, Meri is also excited and appreciative of her team! ❤️ Catch more details on Meri and her B&B at the #linkinbio! ⁠

(📸: @therealmeribrown/Instagram)⁠
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#sisterwives #meribrown #bedandbreakfast #innkeeper #backopen #reopening #openforbusiness #nervous #lizziesheritageinn #lifechanges #newadventures #grandopening #guardianangels #motherslove #janellebrown #TLC #kodybrown #sisterwivestlc #realitytv #realitytvdrama #realitytvshows #explorepage #tv #entertainment #sisterwife⁠ #polygamy #sisterwivestlc #tlcnetwork
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Kody wants viewers to know that the show only portrays a small portion of his life

He told the reporter, “There’s so much limitation on what you’re able to see because my life is 365 days a year, and you get to see 12 one-hour episodes. You’re only seeing the experiences being filmed or shot.”

He explained there are limits to how much of their lives can be featured on the show, and it can’t include all his experiences. Although viewers get a big picture of how the family operates, many of their personal experiences happen off-camera.

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“The personality of our family and stuff like that, I think, still shows. It’s not like we’re holding back. It’s just; you can’t be here all the time,” he said. “That’d be just overkill anyway.”

Kody admitted to disagreements as well as freedom within the family

Kody explained many different personalities exist within his large family. He revealed that TLC’s cameras would continue to show the Browns’ clashes in opinions, good or bad.

He said, “You get some opinions more than others, and this is the interesting thing. There’s five of us and then our children, and we don’t all see eye-to-eye. We’re trying to be united as a family, but there’s a lot of liberty in this family, a lot of freedom.”

Kody hopes viewers know that he and his four wives are in their marriage by choice

Kody continued, “These are relationships, and so you have to be sensitive to how you are with each other. It’s a challenge.

“Everybody is in this relationship by choice. They can be in it or out of it by choice. That’s the only message. It’s the same message we always had from the beginning.”

Kody believes his family is like most others

Kody drove home the point that whether in a monogamous or polygamous relationship, people’s lives aren’t that much different, just at differing degrees.

“We’re a fairly normal family with our normal struggles, and we just have multipliers.”

Kody seems to be aware that he’ll always be scrutinized in the public eye. Still, he firmly believes that they’ve effectively shown that polygamy doesn’t necessarily have to align with its stigmas.

“[People will] have criticism for what I do, for my behavior, maybe. But they won’t be able to criticize the lifestyle regarding it being a prison or an oppressing society of sorts.”

Sister Wives airs on Sundays at 10/9c on TLC.

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