From Drake to My SisterWife’s Closet, this week’s Sister Wives on TLC covered a great range of family troubles and catastrophes, and just everyday Brown-family living.
Maybe it is because there are just so many of them, but it seems like the Browns stay in a constant state of turmoil. The Dargers, who will be coming to TLC in a special episode on December 18, have three wives and 23 kids, but they seem—at least in the limited viewing we have seen of them thus far—to have a system in place; they have organization in their home. Is this better than the chaos always seen in the Browns’ home? Not necessarily, but it does indicate that some type of organization within the ranks is possible, if that is what the Brown adults are now seeking.
Brown Family 'Failing?'
Christine was blunt in last night’s episode, stating frankly that the current state of affairs in the Brown family homes is “failing.” There was a time, she indicated, when the sister wives were a support system for each other in the Brown family unit; the women worked together to take care of their children; they were, one would assume, succeeding as a family at that point. But, since the move to Vegas, living apart for more than a year and planning to continue to do so—after all, they may be planning to move everyone onto adjoining lots, but they will still each be in their own homes—the Brown "family" has appeared to have become the Brown "families," struggling, in many ways, like a typical broken home struggles, particularly, as Christine has described it, with lack of parental support. Trying to study for her real estate exam, Christine encountered typical single-parent problems, needing time alone but still having children to raise. And, unless things change, if Christine does begin working in the field of real estate now that she has passed her exam, she will soon encounter problems similar to those challenges all working single moms and dads face because, in essence, that is the lifestyle the Brown family has adopted: multiple single-parent units.
"I feel like we’re failing as a family right now, I’m sorry," Christine said to her husband and fellow sister wives. "Because we haven’t gotten together a lot, we’re not each other’s support system right now. I think that’s frightening and that’s absolutely terrible."
And, as Christine added, it’s not what she—or any of the Brown wives, one would assume—signed up for.
The Browns also lost a beloved family member this week, their 12-year-old dog, Drake, who they had to put down for humane reasons in his old age. Burying him back on their Utah homestead, Kody began to wrestle with some of his hurts and angers he has harbored since the move—something of a self-inventory, which may be something everyone in the Brown family will consider doing in the future.
And, the much-touted My SisterWife’s Closet went live. According to the Browns, the orders have been slow-coming—check out the site, the limited inventory is not cheap—but they seem to be pleased with their creations. However, it could well be that the Browns have missed their target market with their pricey designs. It might just be worth some exploration of the business plan, and maybe exploring some more cost-effective metals, in fact, to discover if My SisterWife’s Closet has potential in a more cost-effective price range. Or, when it comes down to it, maybe fans are just fans of the show, and not that interested in investing their hard-earned dollars into SisterWife's jewelry.
Time will tell.
Sister Wives airs on TLC on Sunday nights at 9/8c.
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