So you want to your children to play competitive soccer? As Sharon Van Epps
notes in the New York Times' Motherlode blog, it isn't all fun or affordable -- in time
or money -- for all families. Van Epps and her husband have served as lackeys of the youth soccer machine for nearly five years. "Soccer consumes our adult lives," she writes, "which I find
infuriating and exhausting, but we make the sacrifice because our children passionately love the sport."
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