Kids' Travel Sports Are A Luxury

Natasha is a stay-at-home mom, and her husband makes $60,000 a year. Her kids are in sports and are starting to get more competitive. Should they back off of the sports activities for a while?

QUESTION: Natasha in Oklahoma City is a stay-at-home mom, and her husband makes $60,000 a year. He got laid off, found another job, but now they’re starting over. Her kids are in sports and are starting to get more competitive. Should they back off of the sports activities for a while? Dave says travel sports are a luxury.

ANSWER: Sports at some level for character building are reasonable expenditures. Travel sports are a luxury. What your family has to ask itself is if there is a luxury involved here, because this child’s not going to make a living playing softball. She’s going to make a living doing something else someday. She can get the character lessons in town playing softball. I’m not opposed to travel sports, but it’s a luxury. It’s not a necessity of life that your child play travel sports—not even close. That’s the way I look at it.