Explore how Kody Brown from Sister Wives tackles patriarchal challenges and their profound effects on his bond with his older children. Gain insights into a unique family dynamic in this candid interview.
Sister Wives’ Kody Brown Opens Up About Navigating Patriarchal Challenges
“I don’t know what happened. All that’s left now is moving forward,” Kody says, reflecting on his complex relationship with his children, in an interview.
Kody Brown is taking a moment to reflect on the changes in his relationship with his older children. In an interview with PEOPLE, the 54-year-old star of Sister Wives candidly discusses the feeling of powerlessness he experiences when trying to find common ground with his adult children, acknowledging that their relationships have become strained.
He acknowledges the significant shift in dynamics, explaining, “Your relationship with your 10-year-old, 5-year-old, or infants is vastly different from the one you have with a 15-year-old, 20-year-old, 25-year-old, or 30-year-old. It’s very different. I didn’t have the authority in my household to establish firm rules.”
Feeling “powerless” as a father figure, Kody acknowledges that his family began to “unravel” due to their inability to resolve differences. The COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted their relationships, leading to tensions with various family members. Kody emphasizes the need to move forward, forgive, and find hope and joy after strained relationships.
Kody Brown is in the process of “finding a new normal” with his former wives and all of his children. One of his children, Gwendlyn Brown, who he shares with Christine, has openly expressed her complex relationship with her father, Kody.
In a YouTube video posted in February, the 21-year-old became emotional while reacting to an episode of Sister Wives in which Kody spent time with his and wife Robyn Brown’s children after school. Gwendlyn expressed her mixed feelings, saying, “I know I should be happy for them, but seeing him be an active father with these kids really hurts. It sucks not being able to see them.”
She explained the difficulty of feeling happy for her siblings receiving the parenting they need while feeling that she didn’t receive the same attention from her father. Kody has a total of 18 children from his plural marriage with Robyn, as well as his ex-wives Janelle, Christine, and Meri.
“It’s terrible that I’m making this about myself, but it hurts so much to see him be a good father to others when I didn’t really get that much. I know I should be happy for them and I am,” she expressed. “I’m so happy they have a good father, or what looks like to be a good father and an active father. But I just didn’t get that and I don’t remember that. I don’t remember coming home from kindergarten and seeing my dad and him being happy that I ate all my lunch or that I made a friend at school.”
Gwendlyn also expressed her appreciation for her mom, Christine, emphasizing that she has always been there for them, stating, “I’m so happy I had her, but it was never my dad.”
You can catch Sister Wives on TLC every Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.
Source – PEOPLE