What to spend on kids' activities

I'm struck by two stories on our new parenting page right now (even though it was I who put them there). One talks about schools asking parents to pony up more money so their kids can participate in sports. The other has families who are able shipping kids to Grandma's instead of paying for camp.

Meanwhile, we're trying to sort through what lessons, sports, etc., the kids should take part in next year. They're interested in new things -- soccer, piano, drama -- as well as the old things (gymnastics, dance, swimming....).

Where do you draw the line?

David Haase stands at the soccer field where his 11-year-old daughter Morgan plays in Knoxville, Tenn. Morgan works the ball in the background. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

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