Sister Wives Polygamists: We're a Normal Household

10/01/2010 at 07:00 AM EDT

Kody Brown and his four wives may live uniquely to the people who watch their show on TLC. But the stars of Sister Wives insist they're a totally normal household.

"We're a family, just like any other family," Janelle Brown, 41, tells PEOPLE. "[We have] struggles and we love our kids, and we want our kids to be happy."

Still, their children have mixed feelings about cameras capturing their everyday lives.

"We have teenagers, so some days it's really good, and some days it's not so good and they don't want to be a part of it," Janelle says about filming the show. "They just go away in their room and do their thing. And then the next day, usually they're like, 'Okay we want to be there.' "

Robyn, 31, another wife on the show, believes her family situation is completely beneficial to her kids. "They have more people to cry on and love them," she tells PEOPLE.

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