'Sister Wives' star Kody Brown says his daughter Ysabel shouldn't be 'bitter' he can't go see her since she's making the 'choice' to go to school in person for her senior year

Ysabel and Kody Brown. TLC; TLC
Kody Brown said his daughter Ysabel had to make a choice between seeing him or her friends.
He also said she shouldn't be "bitter" if her choice meant he couldn't see her in person.
All of the mothers in the Brown family expressed their unease at Kody's words.
Kody Brown's strict COVID-19 safety precautions impacted his ability to see his children on Sunday's episode of TLC's "Sister Wives."
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During a Zoom call with his three wives and ex-wife Christine, Kody discussed the likelihood of visiting his children who weren't living with his fourth wife, Robyn, now that school would be in-person.
Christine considered her marriage to Kody over at the time of the discussion (likely filmed in Spring 2021), but she had yet to tell her former sister wives of her decision to leave.
All of Kody's children, with the exception of Ysabel, his then 18-year-old daughter with Christine, who was in her senior year of high school at the time, had chosen to stay at home and attend school virtually.
“After graduation, she doesn't want to stay in Flagstaff. So she's always known that and that's why she only has a few weeks left with her friends," Christine said of her daughter's reasons for going to school in person.
Ysabel and Christine. TLC
On Sunday's episode, Kody remained silent when Christine asked him if he would visit Ysabel when she went back to school in person. His second wife, Janelle, mentioned that there would be "strict protocols" at the school for safety reasons.
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Kody was wary of personal school because the kids would "breathe the same air" for hours.
He told cameras he thought both Janelle and Christine's pressure stemmed from a desire to "catch me in some sort of hypocrisy of the COVID protocols." He said he wanted to see Ysabel, but that Christine had "failed" his wish to see her safely while traveling.
At the meeting with the Brown women, Kody mentioned that he had asked Breanna, Robyn's teenage daughter whom he had adopted, to keep going to school online so he could see her. Christine objected to Kody's choice.
"So he's asking Breanna not to go back to school in person because he wants to be near her, but he says Isabel can go back?" she asked rhetorically to the cameras in a solo interview. "Gosh, Ysabel would appreciate a call from her father saying, 'Can you please not go to school in person so I can visit you?'"
When Christine asked Kody directly in the video call about letting her daughter know about her options, Kody made it clear that he wanted Ysabel to know she was "choosing."
Ysabel Brown.TLC
Janelle mentioned that Kody could visit Ysabel outside in the courtyard and stay six feet apart, but in a confessional, Kody said it was an "inconvenience" because of the weather.
"I want her to just make her own choice and then not be bitter that someone else has to act on that choice," he said of Ysabel.
"Teenage kids don't need parents as much as teens do," Kody told the women at the meeting. He said he prioritized seeing 12-year-old Truely, his youngest daughter, with Christine because she "engages" while chatting with him.
In confessionals throughout the episode, all of the brown women expressed that all of Kody's children needed him, regardless of their age.
New episodes of Sister Wives Season 17 air Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.
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