Polygamist Stars of Sister Wives Hope to Raise 'Moral and Ethical' Children

updated 09/23/2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

originally published 09/24/2010 08:00AM

Get ready for some real-life Big Love.

The stars of TLC's Sister Wives will offer viewers a glimpse into the every-day lives of all 18 members of the Brown family – but the household isn't as unconventional as many may think, according to Kody Brown's wives.

"That's how most of us are known, [as] polygamists," wife No. 2 says in a sneak peek at the show, which premieres Sunday (10 p.m. ET). "I don’t know. My name is Janelle."

Kody's first wife, Meri, 39, hopes the family's 13 children will lead a lifestyle that they want – even if it means breaking away from tradition – "as long as they are strong and firm in what they want to do and what they want to believe and that they're not following somebody else."



Adds Janelle, 40, who has six children with Kody: "If we raise productive, contributing members of society who are moral and ethical, that's our final goal. Whatever their path is."

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