As fans of Sister Wives know, there have often been conflicts in the plural family. However, we never got to know the whole truth from the TLC reality series.
The Brown family’s book, Becoming Sister Wives, revealed so many other details that the limited episodes could not show. One of those details was that household differences caused great drama between the spouses.
Janelle became Kody Brown’s second wife in 1993. However, as the large family grew, she left the large family. Janelle Brown bought her own home and refused to live under the same roof as her sisters’ wives. The only reason she agreed to come back was when Kody Brown bought his wives a home with separate apartments. She once admitted that one of the reasons she left the family was because of a difference in household.
In the family memoir, Becoming Sister Wives, Janelle Brown explained that there was a lot of tension in the house. Meanwhile, the main bone of contention was the household.
Like many other women, Janelle Brown didn’t always want to worry about the washing up straight away. It turns out that this is one of the main things she enjoys about living alone. Janelle admitted that she has no problem leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight and dealing with them the next morning.
Christine Brown and Meri Brown, however, had different views on the subject. In her memoir, Janelle Brown revealed that the couple constantly nagged her to clean the house at night so that the room would be clean when she woke up in the morning.
Brown lived alone for only two years and only agreed to come back when Kody Brown bought a house with three separate apartments. This unique arrangement provided plenty of space for family, but also ensured that each sister had room to set her own rules.
The new house, where Meri, Janelle and Christine lived together, was revealed to fans during seasons 1 and 2 of Sister Wives. The sisters shared a kitchen and living room, and their only private space was their bedroom. While the house was crowded with Kody Brown and his three wives, 10 children also lived in the small space.
Sister Wives: Leaving Utah for Las Vegas
When Kody Brown and his wives left Lehi, Utah, and settled in Las Vegas. By this time, however, Kody had added another wife and more children. By this stage, Kody Brown and his first wife, Meri, had one child together, after the birth of Mariah in 1995. They tried for years for a second, but struggled with infertility problems. As the 2012 memoir revealed, Janelle had no problems getting pregnant and she and Kody Brown have four sons and two daughters together. Meanwhile, Kody and Christine also share six children.
Kody Brown divorced Meri to marry Robyn Brown, who already had three children from a previous marriage. Kody’s divorce allowed him to adopt those three children and the couple also has two children of their own. This brings the total number of children in the extended Brown family to 18. There is no doubt that sharing a single space with so many children would be untenable.