Sister Wives season 16 showed numerous cracks in the Brown family dynamic, including the hiring of Kody and Robyn Brown’s nanny. Fans immediately started to question what the family helper actually did for the fourth wife, who didn’t have a job. Fans ridiculed Kody for hiring help and still are wondering what exactly the nanny’s job role consisted of.

As the worldwide pandemic and fear struck, Kody made the difficult decision to cut his family off from the world. Those wives who would listen were encouraged to self-isolate and not allow their children to socialize. Robyn decided to follow her husband’s rules, which resulted in her being able to spend the whole two years with Kody by her side. Kody’s three other wives, Christine, Janelle, and Meri, were not pleased with the strict rules and were often punished for not listening to the patriarch. Due to Robyn’s ability to follow rules without question, she was eventually rewarded with an at-home helper to raise her children.


During the recent season, Christine, Meri, and Janelle learned that Robyn had a secret nanny in her home while the rest were being shunned for not self-isolating. Robyn is often thought of as Kody’s favorite wife, but fans couldn’t help but wonder why Robyn would need an au pair? Sister Wives viewers immediately started to question if the new helper was there to help with the children or if she was there to be courted by Kody. Robyn’s children range from the age of 21,18, 16, 10, and 5, with some noting that the older children are more than capable of lending a helping hand. To add insult to injury, the other three wives never were offered a nanny.

Robyn’s mystery nanny ended up being Mindy Jessop, who was actually her step-niece. As Sister Wives fans learned, Mindy also hails from a plural family background. Sadly, no one really saw what the nanny did. One would assume Mindy helped keep the house tidy and Robyn company, but the job description doesn’t add up to the job title. Even Kody’s son, Paedon Brown, joked on TikTok as he wore a questionable tee-shirt that read “What. Does. The Nanny. Do?”

Whether or not Robyn and Kody’s nanny is a secret surrogate is still an unanswered question, but Sister Wives fans feel that hiring a home helper wasn’t needed. The move was hypercritical and insulting to the rest of Kody’s wives. Both Kody and Robyn have yet to explain why they needed the extra help, and one can only assume they were looking for a disguise for Mindy, who probably just wanted to be around family. Hopefully, the next season will explain the nanny job role better.

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