Monogamy isn't for everyone!
I personally did not grow up in a polygamist family, but my great grandfather was. He had two wives. My last name is unique enough that I can ask someone with my last name “Which wife are you from” and they can tell you. (holyerthanthou)
Commitment and Balance
The rough answer. It didn’t work. Mostly due to my father being a terrible human being, and less to do with the actual practice of polygamy. Growing up with 3 “Moms” and 13 brothers of sisters, it leaves a man with a different perspective on life and relationships. I’m more partial to monogamy but have no issues with polygamy. It requires a great deal of commitment and hassle to balance number of partners and raise that many kids, and I am far to lazy for that kind of work. None of my siblings ended up in polygamist relationships, so if replication is a measure of success, then I’d say it was a failure. (Badwulf1)
I have a friend who grew up with 7 moms. He’s 22 now, and the moment he turned 18 he ran away from home to the city, where I ended up meeting him. Apparently he knew about 4 of his moms having affairs, not because anybody did anything wrong, but simply because his dad had a hard time balancing all his wives. [deleted]