There's a lively discussion on The New York Times' Motherlode blog about paying for child care, camp and other activities to keep the kids busy all summer.
Many families are paying at least $1,000 a kid to cover summer break - and/or begging for flexibility at work, leaning on neighbors and grandparents and leaving them home alone.
How are you coping?
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