'Sister Wives' star Kody Brown claims he 'nearly never' watches his children.
Kody Brown, star of the television show "Sister Wives," claims that it is "not natural" for him to "babysit" his children and that he would rather hire a nanny than miss out on work time.
On Sunday's episode of TLC's "Sister Wives," Kody Brown said that he "nearly never" observes his children.
During a section on the show about how the Brown family patriarch spends his time, he remarked, "It's unusual for me to babysit my children. I've spent my entire life working. I grew up on a ranch, and we were always busy."
Kody was defending himself when Christine, his third wife at the time, stated in a solo interview that when Kody went trekking with her and their children, he also brought his fourth wife Robyn's children with him since he was "babysitting" them.
Kody claims that he is typically too busy to do it.
"I'm fantastic at keeping an eye on my kids, but I nearly never do it. It's simpler for me to pay someone $20 an hour than to lose $200 an hour with the business I'm running "He stated.
Kody appears to have held a variety of occupations over the time "Sister Wives" has been on the air, but it's unclear what he does now.
Few of Kody's 18 children, who he shares with four marriages, are still minors. Truely, his youngest daughter with Christine, is 12 years old. Janelle, his youngest daughter from his second marriage, is 17 years old. Robyn, his fourth wife, has the Brown family's youngest children: a son called Solomon, who is ten, and a girl named Ariella, who is six. Breanna, one of Robyn's former marriage's kids, is 17 years old.
Janelle, Christine, and Robyn all have adult children who live at home, but Robyn said on Sunday's show that she employs a nanny to assist with her younger children because Kody is often on the go.
"During the day, Kody and I have a lot going on," Robyn explained in a solo interview. "That's why I have a nanny - to have her assist me instead of asking Kody to help with the kids."
"It's not really fair of me to ask him to help when he has so many obligations and such a large family," she continued.
Janelle and Christine, Kody's two spouses, appeared to disagree with Robyn's assessment of how he spends his time.
Christine stated on Sunday's show that, while the couple is divorcing, he is allowed to visit their children who live at home — Truely, Ysabel, 19, and Gwendlyn, 20 — whenever he wants.
"He's not here any more or any less than he was before. It's the same thing, "said Christine "He hasn't even noticed it."
Christine, on the other hand, claims that her older girls are aware of Kody's actions and that it is damaging their connection with him.
"It's difficult to see such a difference in Kody between how he is at Robyn's place and how he is at my house. He just got out of the car at my house, "She stated.
Christine stated that her older kids realize that her connection with Kody is "broken," that they can't image what it's like for her to watch him with other women, and that they don't want to witness it either.
"I actually have Christine telling me that the kids believe I don't want to be around them," Kody remarked in the episode. "I've been at home all year. Nothing was done by me. I didn't conduct any business, I didn't see any friends, and I didn't travel with any of them."
He didn't contradict Christine's assertion, but he appeared to imply that it's her fault he doesn't see her children because she refused to follow his stringent COVID-19 regulations.
TLC airs new episodes of "Sister Wives" season 17 on Sundays at 10 p.m.