Sister Wives premiered last night.
It was a great watch! We saw polygamist Kody and his life with his three happy wives. The family seemed so normal - each wife had her own section of the home, the kids were happy and productive, and each of the wives valued education for their children.
One notable thing was the wives' views on sex. They are fully aware that each of the wives have sex with Kody, but are clear that the wives do not sleep with each other.
Meri, the first wife, was from a polygamist family and embraced the lifestyle. She planned to have a lot of kids, but it wasn't in the cards. She is happy that her daughter, Mariah, has half-siblings, but still wishes to give Mariah full siblings of her own.
Meri and the other wives do not press the polygamist lifestyle on their children. While it works for them, they do not expect their children to follow in their footsteps.
Kody and Meri both attracted Kody's additional wives to join the family - she was part of the appeal. So the women really are like sisters - they have a relationship outside of mutual husband Kody. Christine, wife number 3, is specifically lovable and is truly a mom to all of the kids.
It was strange that the moms and kids were totally okay with a new mom and her three kids joining the family. It's amazing that the family was so accepting - but I can't imagine being okay with it! I loved that Kody asked the family, kids included, how they felt about Robin (potential new mom) and her children joining the family. It was cool, but weird.
Jealousy does become an issue. However, the wives seem to work through it well and even help Robin pick out a wedding dress, as we see in the previews. This should be an interesting season of "Sister Wives."
This wouldn't be one of my blogs unless I mentioned names. While two of the wives have kids with normal names, wife Christine (who has long planned on being a polygamist - the third wife, specifically - and doesn't have a toaster because more people die from toasters than sharks every year) has kids with crazy names: Aspyn, Mykelti, Paedon, Gwendlyn, Ysabel and Truely. Before Kody came out of the polygamist closet, I wonder how Kody explained having kids with normal names, as well as kids with strange names. (Note that Gwendlyn is actually pronounced as Gwendolyn, the normal way, and Paedon is like Payton.)
"Sister Wives" is a must watch show for anyone who wants to learn more about polygamy and the lifestyles within the culture.