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Have Moms Cut Down on Extracurricular Activities?

Has the Economy Affected Your Child's Extracurriculars?

It's the economy stupid! Families across the country are using that excuse to cut out all sorts of expendable ventures. Sixty-seven percent of lilsugar readers admitted to cutting back on date night. But what about the kids? When it comes to budgeting for the youngsters, a new survey reported:

Nearly half of the 399 sleep-away and day camps polled in the American Camp Association's 2009 Spring-enrollment survey reported decreases of 10 percent to 15 percent, with the economy cited as a key reason.

Children accustomed to a schedule full of activities are finding themselves having to (gasp!) entertain themselves like never before. Have you cut out your tot's extracurricular activities since the economic downturn?

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People seem to think that cutting out an extracurricular is like felony. But the truth is a lot of kids today are overstreched and cutting something out might even be beneficial to them. And a lot of parents are going broke on these clubs. Of course I don't think it should all be cut out, but if your kid is in French, soccer, Girl Scouts, trombone, dance, and 4H well... asking them to choose something to discontinue teaches them a powerful lesson on prioritizing and choosing what is important to spend money on. Of course, that only works if the parents are ACTUALLY cutting back themselves.
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