Bringing up the topic of premarital sex also raises the expectation that these kids will one day be getting married. Are they interested in the kind of polygamous marriage their parents have? Not so much. Only one of the four teens said she’d like to have sister wives when she grows up. The other two girls and one boy were not enthusiastic about the idea.
Some of the commenters on Jezebel snarked that of course the kids would want to avoid polygamy after watching their parents be depressed their whole lives. I don’t watch the show. Maybe the parents are depressed. But they always say they’re happy in press interviews (who wouldn’t?).
There are plenty of reasons for the kids not to embrace their parents’ lifestyle, even if it’s totally working for the adults. Reasons the kids gave when asked. Per Jezebel:
Aspyn and Mykelti seemed pretty sure they weren’t interested — Mykelti noted that while she loved growing up in a large family, she wouldn’t want one for herself; Aspyn said she wasn’t into the polygamous lifestyle because she didn’t want to deal with “jealousy.” Logan said he wasn’t sure, and wasn’t really thinking about it, but it seemed like that was a “no.”Imagine that! A teenage boy with the chance to marry — and, uh support — multiple women is less than enthused. Only Mariah said she would “definitely” be into plural marriage, and that she “couldn’t wait” to have sister wives.
It seems like the kids are operating from some pretty clear sense of self-knowledge. They do or don’t want a lot of kids. They do or don’t want the kind of complex dynamics that come from sharing your spouse with other partners. They’re figuring things out on their own, and they don’t feel like they have to follow in their parents’ footsteps. That all seems like a pretty normal, healthy approach for a group of teenagers to take.
What do you think? Are the Sister Wives kids reacting to trouble at home, or just figuring out what they want in life like all teenagers do?
Source: http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2011/10/03/most-sister-wives-kids-not-interested-in-polygamy/ Photo: Jeff Belmonte