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Exclusive! Expert Warns Polygamy Parents: You Are Hurting Your Children!

Thu, September 30, 2010 10:00am EDT by 2 Comments

Now that Utah police are investigating Sister Wives‘ Brown family on suspicion of bigamy, experts tell that Kody Brown and his four wives should be ashamed of themselves for causing serious damage to their kids.

Have you seen the commercials for TLC’s new series Sister Wives? The promo asks us to “rethink marriage.” But relationship expert Dr. Gilda Carle tells that 41-year-old Kody Brown and his four wives — Meri, 39, Janelle, 40, Christine, 37, and Robyn, 31 — should have thought seriously about the effects of exposing their 16 children to criticism and ridicule from millions of viewers. Be honest HollyMoms, were you among the 2.3 million who tuned in to the Sept. 26 premiere? “This is a very unhealthy situation to raise children in,” Dr. Carle tells

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She shares our concerns about how these kids (who range in age from 5 to 15) are being treated by their peers while they’re in school. Every parent with kids in school knows that bullying is a very real problem. “Kids are very cruel,” stresses Dr. Carle, who feels that the youngest members of the Brown bunch are definitely in the firing line to be picked on at school. “Anyone who looks different from the rest will be ridiculed.”

This type of bullying can lead to serious life-threatening issues, warns the relationship expert. “We know enough about bullying to know that some kids who can’t take the pressure end up taking their own lives,” Dr. Carle tells “This situation is potentially lethal and this family must be counseled at once.”

Sure, we’re curious enough to tune into the show, but we hope that nothing terrible happens to any of these children! Why would a parent ever put their child in harm’s way? No amount of money that the family is being paid to appear on the show makes that OK.

Even if Kody goes to jail, TLC won’t cancel the show!

While the kids’ school environment is potentially damaging, if Kody or any of his wives end up in jail because polygamy is illegal, their home life is going to be even worse!

“These poor children have the possibility of their parents going to jail hanging over their heads,” says Dr. Carle, adding that the Browns were nothing short of selfish when they decided to feature their family on the seven-episode series. “To expose their kids on national TV this way is criminal enough, without the added pressures of police, bullying and total life upheaval.”

Here’s hoping that the family pulls the plug before any more damage is done to these innocent kids.

–Amy L. Harper